I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till I drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
jack kerouac was a very intense and prolific voice of the beat generation. celebrating almost fifty years ago, his famed novel *on the road* proved to pave a path along a yearning of discovering, experimenting and challenging oneself to take powerful chances. whether the symbolic lessons learned grew to be absolutely painful or energizing, it was the process of the searching and realization that there wasn’t anything more important to gain than the actual journey itself.
living in lowell, massachusetts, jack grew up very spiritually attracted to nature. by pushing his own boundaries, he was able to create a style of writing that emotionally brought out controversy over art, drugs, music, sex and borderline behaviors. known for a love of being able to write to the feeling of jazz music, throughout his life, jack was very motivated into the world of buddhsim and carried on stream of consciousness writing and poetically reading his drunken heart out in hopes of finding possible enlightenment.
on october 21, 1969, jack kerouac excessively drank and hemorrhaged himself into an untimely death at the age of 47. during his lifetime, his work unfortunately never received the praise that it deserved. however, today he is well known to have inspired the music of the beatles, jim morrison, tom waits, simon & garfunkel, bob dylan and the writings of such authors as lester bangs and tom robbins.
I read On the Road in maybe 1959.
It changed my life like it changed everyone else’s.
– Bob Dylan –
bob dylan‘s subterranean homesick blues was known for its lyrical amalgamation between jack kerouac and allen ginsburg. while the song attributed to the beat generation, it was also believed to be in reference to jack kerouac’s 1958 novel the subterranan.
March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969
the producer and nephew of jack kerouac’s wife, jim sampas, created kerouac: kicks joy darkness, an experimental tribute showcasing recordings of jack’s unpublished poetry and unforgotten essays by various well-known artists such as michael stipe, eddie vedder, steven tyler and jeff buckley. released in 1997, each musing truly provided a different mixture of smokey beats, jazz pop and bongo drums that layered expressively in the background.
although many people still to this date share a love & hate relationship for what jack kerouac shared, there still will always remain a gift that he opened up for the world to see – the true meaning of many personal, heartfelt poetic experiences and an unbiased realistic wish for gaining sometype of joyful freedom.