Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac

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  • Copyright: 2008-04-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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David Amram has been described as 'œthe Renaissance man of American Music.' His musical career has spanned participating with Jack Kerouac in the original jazz-poetry reading in 1957 in Greenwich Village to being honored as the first Composer-in-Residence for the New York Philharmonic and to playing in Farm Aid concerts. He's performed with an incredible variety of musical greats, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonius Monk, Willie Nelson, and and Tito Puente, and he continues to compose and tour nationally. Now available in paperback, following the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac's classic On The Road, Offbeatis the rollicking story of this legendary musician and his adventures with his close friend Jack Kerouac. Amram and Kerouac shared a relationship based on creativity, respect, and fun, and Offbeatoffers the reader a full share of each. This wonderful memoir takes the reader from the coffee houses of New York to the San Francisco Opera House and into the making of the now-classic film Pull My Daisy. Offbeatis Amram's energetic and heartfelt account of Kerouac and the creative community of artists'”including Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Langston Hughes, and Neal and Carolyn Cassady'”that courageously explored their creative potential and, in doing so, changed American culture forever.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Children of the American Bop Nightp. 3
A Night of Poetry on the Boweryp. 23
A Brief University of Hang-out-ology Field Tripp. 40
Spontaneous Commotion: The Making of Pull My Daisyp. 48
Sojourn with Dody Mullerp. 85
The Sixtiesp. 100
Copying My Kadish with Kerouacp. 103
Composing "A Year in Our Land": Words and Musicp. 109
San Francisco Reunionp. 122
Expression of Faithp. 148
Requiem: Jack's Final Daysp. 155
In Memory of Jack Kerouacp. 169
Book One Afterwordp. 173
Keeping the Flame Alivep. 177
Jack Goes to the Kennedy Centerp. 182
Back with Jack: The 1998 On the Road Recordingsp. 186
The Orlando Connection: The House That Jack Builtp. 206
A Down-Home Louisville Insomniacathonp. 220
Jack in Northport: Off the Beaten Pathp. 236
New Millennium Blues: New Vistas, Final Thoughts, and Fond Farewellsp. 245
Epilogue: Now's the Timep. 286
Photo Sectionp. 320
Indexp. 329
About the Authorp. 335
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