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Poetry For The Beat Generation

( Spoken word by Jack Kerouac & piano by Steve Allen, 1959)

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In 1957, renowned poet Jack Kerouac was searching a voice that would later make him a literary icon of the future. His early poetry readings at the Village Vanguard were poorly received by audiences. A mixture of Kerouac’s stage fright and the growing public’s initial puzzlement and hesitance to his free-form style was natural disconnect. After experimenting with a backing of jazzy piano from musician Steve Allen became a natural fusion that brought his words to life. These recordings would form¬†Poetry For The Beat Generation, the earliest known recording of Kerouac’s spoken word poetry, and the one of the first time’s the Beat Generation would be able to communicate their message through auditory waves, manifesting a new style all its own.

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