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The Jack Kerouac Collection

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Boxed set collecting Poetry For The Beat Generation (1959), Blues and Haikus (1959), and Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation (1960), remastered with bonus tracks.


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Boxed set collecting Poetry For The Beat Generation (1959), Blues and Haikus (1959), and Readings By Jack Kerouac On The Beat Generation (1960), remastered with bonus tracks.

30 review for The Jack Kerouac Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    If you like poetry, this is a must. Kerouac reads better than any other poet. The poems/prose selected for these readings are great as page poems as well. But Jack's voice takes them to a higher level. Don't be a square--listen to Jack speak!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    how great he was at reading his own work aloud..

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    it all falls into place when you hear it coming from him.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    A must have for all Kerouac fans!!! His voice is golden. Once hearing his voice, it is impossible to seperate the words from the voice.

  5. 5 out of 5

    J.C.

    This is Jack's work at its purest form. It's great hearing him, recorded with jazz musicians, the music form that he found so inspiring and creative. I feel like if his career had gone in a different direction there would have been more of these, each one more experimental in form and thought. But alas, not to be, but what we do have is still fantastic. Each album has at least one piece that stands out for me. on "Poetry For The Beat Generation" there's "October In The Railroad Earth" and "Charl This is Jack's work at its purest form. It's great hearing him, recorded with jazz musicians, the music form that he found so inspiring and creative. I feel like if his career had gone in a different direction there would have been more of these, each one more experimental in form and thought. But alas, not to be, but what we do have is still fantastic. Each album has at least one piece that stands out for me. on "Poetry For The Beat Generation" there's "October In The Railroad Earth" and "Charlie Parker", with the next album "Blues & Haikus" there's "Hard Hearted Old Farmer", and lastly, on the third album there's "San Francisco Scene (Beat Generation)", and an early history of bop. Jack is a fantastic reader, though i don't know about other people's material but with his own, he really performs the wily material the way it should be read. What he aimed for was the wanderlust of not only the road but life itself, the little details, the moments. The beatific, as it were. The beautiful. It must be read that same way. His writing is a personality of someone sitting beside you at a bar, cold drinks in hand while he tells a long tale with his hands and face expressing every word and phrase. There's life to the words, volume. Language is key here. If you've read any of his work and wonder how the words actually SOUND, this is a perfect place to go. It's a shame (yet another one) that we don't have a video of him reading, but maybe if you close your eyes and listen hard enough, you can see him waving and pointing and expressing his art with momentum and vibrancy, all sincerely and certain that we will listen.

  6. 5 out of 5

    JJ Lehmann

    These are CDs, so you don't actually read them, but they are amazing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jimi

    Well, I didn't actually read it of course, but it made for a lot of great listening.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Philip Gayle

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Rivers

  11. 5 out of 5

    erica

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anna

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jack

  15. 5 out of 5

    Toffer

  16. 4 out of 5

    Agnieszka

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caleb Cook

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Ervin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michele

  23. 4 out of 5

    John Barclay

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nate Price

  25. 4 out of 5

    Charles O'meara

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Fogg

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shamus Frigon

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Harris

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matthew J

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Waddington

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