Monday, September 17, 2007
Everyone's talking about Jack. This year marks the 50th anniversary of On The Road, and folks have Kerouac on the brain.
This summer I attended the "Kerouac Festival" at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado for the marathon reading of the book. (The reading began early in the afternoon and extended late into the night. Many of the readers were the famous writers who make up the faculty at the Summer Writing Program. Writer and musician Steven Taylor is pictured among others above).
Later in the summer, I finally started the Dharma Bums for the first time.
Yesterday, the radio program "Studio 360" did an interesting piece about the book's anniversary.
Tonight, on my second episode of Teacher On The Radio, I will be talking about Jack, too.
Playlist for Teacher on the Radio, Episode 1
“Speak the Truth” Aaron Ross Shapeshifter 2007
“Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.” Ryan Adams Easy Tiger 2007
“Thunder Road” Hayward Williams Another Sailor’s Dream 2007
“Music Is Power” Richard Ashcroft Keys to the World 2006
“Having Wings” Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals Lifeline 2007
“The Weight Of The World” The Editors An End Has a Start 2007
“Doomsday Clock” The Smashing Pumpkins Zeitgeist 2007
“Wash the Day” TV on the Radio Return to Cookie Mountain 2006
“23” Blonde Redhead 23 2007
“Everything in Its Right Place” Radiohead Kid A 2000
“Gideon” My Morning Jacket Z 2005
“First Party at Ken Kesey’s With Hell’s Angels” Allen Ginsberg Holy Soul Jelly Roll
“Start Wearing Purple” Gogol Bordello Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
“Don’t Put It Down” HAIR [Original Broadway Cast]
“Anarchy” Utah Phillips and Ani DiFranco Past Didn’t Go Anywhere 1996
“Sweet Little Lies” Michael Franti & Spearhead Yell Fire! 2006
“Time of Your Song” Matisyahu Youth 2006
“Peace Be Unto Thee” Bad Brains Build A Nation 2007
“In the End” Hungry March Band & Justin Bond Shortbus soundtrack 2006
“Overcome” Live V 2001
"Music for Thinking People," my first program in Spring semester 1985, aired on WSHJ, 88.3 FM in Southfield, Michigan. We were the "Brave New Radio" of Southfield High. For my senior year, the program changed its name to "United Underground." At Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio the program "The Electric Cornfield" lived a short life from 2am to 4am some weekday morning on WYSO.