Friday, August 12, 2011

In praise of David Amram

If you're not familiar with David Amram, click here for a piece about him and his friendship/collaboration with Jack Kerouac.

I met him at Lowell Celebrates Kerouac (see above picture), and we traded autographed books (see a picture of his inscription here), which was way cooler for me than for him. David will be performing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival next weekend (his seventh time there), and if you get the chance, definitely go see him. He has more energy at age 80 than people half his age and then some.

David is one of Jack's biggest supporters, and routinely attends Lowell Celebrates Kerouac to help keep Jack's spirit alive. He's an amazing talent and an amazing guy in his own right, and his connection to Jack just ups the fascination level.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

David is a great guy. I caught him at a jazz joint about a year ago in NYC and had some great conversations with him. He's still lively as all get out and keeps the flame burning for all of us in more ways than can be recounted here.