BEAT SCENE Jack Kerouac: his contemporaries and influences - Various Artists

BEAT SCENE Jack Kerouac: his contemporaries and influences
· In the fifties, with Allen Ginsberg and William S Burroughs, Jack Kerouac was instrumental in starting the Beat movement. The acknowledged leader and spokesman of the group, it was he who first used the term ‘Beat Generation’ to express despair over the suppressed state of the individual in society and belief in the natural world and in the powers of the beat of jazz music and poetry.  

· The Beats rejected the prevailing academic attitude to poetry and declared, through their art and attitudes, their alienation and disgust with shallow American middle-class values. Ginsbergs’ Howl, and William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch both became the focus of much-publicised obscenity trials and Kerouac’s On The Road, became one of the most controversial and best selling American novels of the 20th century. 

· Published in 1957, On The Road celebrates freedom from conventional responsibilities, the emotional intensity of a life of hitchhiking, casual sex and recreational drug use. The novel has sold nearly four million copies in America alone (still sells at a rate of 200,000 a year) and has never been out of print.  

· The Beats were centred around the bohemian artist colonies of North Beach (San Francisco), Venice West (Los Angeles) and Greenwich Village (New York City). In addition to writing, the circle embraced Jazz, Art and Film.  

· Combining words and music - including historic recordings of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Ken Nordine and Lenny Bruce - Beat Scene is a snapshot of the Beat panorama.  

· John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Scott Walker, The Byrds and Jim Morrison were amongst those to come under the spell of the aesthetic and  revolutionary spirits of beats as the foundations for the approaching seismic political and cultural revolutions of the sixties were laid.  

· America and Canada, the most obvious export market for Beat Scene.      
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2.     GIL MELLÉ - The Gears
3.     MAMIE VAN DOREN - The Beat Generation
4.     KEN NORDINE - My Baby
5.     SUN RA and his Arkestra - Saturn
6.     LENNY BRUCE - Psychopathia Sexualis
8.     SLIM GAILLARD - Atomic Cocktail
9.     DIZZY GILLESPIE - Salt Peanuts
10.  AL JAZZBO COLLINS - The Discovery of America
11.  THELONIOUS MONK - Blue Monk
13.  KENNETH PATCHEN with The Chamber Jazz Sextet- The Murder of Two Men By A Young Kid Wearing Lemon Coloured Gloves
14.  JACK KEROUAC and STEVE ALLEN - Charlie Parker
15.  CHARLIE PARKER - Scrapple from the Apple
16.  ANITA ELLIS with DAVID AMRAM - The Crazy Daisy (from the film Pull My Daisy)
17.  GEORGE SHEARING - Conception
18.  THREE BIPS and a BOP featuring BABS GONZALES - Lop-Pow
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