Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday, Jack Kerouac

Were Jack Kerouac still alive, he'd be 90 today. In honor of such an auspicious occasion, the good folks from the On The Road 4 Kerouac Reinvent the Scroll Project asked me to record a video reading Jack's "San Francisco Scene." They used my video as part of this awesome tribute to Jack (click here), which features Jerry Cimino, founder/curator of The Beat Museum in San Francisco, and a number of the OTR4Kerouac Team Scrollers from around the world. Very cool, huh?

If you haven't yet contributed to the Reinvent the Scroll Project, please click here and do so. What better day to do it than on Jack's 90th birthday? Their goal is to reach the same length as Jack's On The Road roll (37 meters), and they need a lot more contributors (there are 19 so far)!

Back to the birthday greetings. I've routinely posted on The Daily Beat in honor of Jack's birthday. Here are links to past entries:

March 12, 2009

March 12, 2010

March 21, 2011 (not a typo - I forgot to post on Jack's birthday last year)

What's left to say? We miss you, Jack, but we're glad you left us so much to remember you by. And soon, you're going to see a worldwide resurgence of interest in your work, spurred on by the On The Road movie and sustained by the brilliance of your work.

Here is Jack's version of "San Francisco Scene," and here is mine.

Happy 90th Birthday, Ti Jean . . . .

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