The Hitchhiker's Guide to Jack Kerouac: The Adventure of the Boulder '82 On The Road Conference – Finding Kerouac, Kesey and The Grateful Dead Alive & Rockin' in the Rockies

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This is the only book written about "the Woodstock of the Beats" — the historic 1982 Kerouac SuperSummit in Boulder where, as John Clellon Holmes put it, "more of us were together than had ever been together in one place at one time before." And nothing on this scale ever happened again. Featuring scenes, anecdotes and transcribed conversations with the likes of Holmes, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William Burroughs, Herbert Huncke, Kens Kesey & Babbs, Michael McClure, Carolyn Cassady, Edie Kerouac, Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner, Al Aronowitz and many others, the book is a fast-paced storytelling adventure straight through the heart of Beatlandia. Hitchhiking tales from a 3,500 mile journey, life among the Beats, and "following your dreams to the living rooms of your heroes" are some of the happenings in this On The Road "Almost Famous" with literary rock stars — from the debauched to the brilliant. Readers will learn what the whole "Kerouac thing" is all about — why he's so popular and has lasted so long — as reflected through the eyes of myriad people from famous novelists to students, filmmakers to poets, his lovers to his critics. The book also features the most extensive exploration in print of the connection between the Beats and The Grateful Dead. No other band in history has as close a relationship to particularly Kerouac and Neal Cassady as The Grateful Dead, or who more embodied the On The Road ethos that those two personified. In fact, it was the band who largely funded this historic gathering and scheduled their summer Red Rocks shows to be a part of — to which, of course, the reader is taken. Besides all the living Beats, there is also a significant focus on Ken Kesey — including many transcribed conversations — about his relationship with Kerouac's writing, Cassady's persona, The Bus's legacy and the importance of family. Plus, there's Abbie Hoffman and Timothy Leary in major supporting roles — each with very different reactions from those in attendance. Told as a first-person Adventure Story by an enthusiastic 21-year-old show producer, the narrative is both youthful in its wide-eyed sense of discovery, while balanced with decades of scholarship and perspective. Not only was the book meticulously fact-checked, but each section was run by the person who appears in it, or their estate if they've passed. This event took place at a time when Kerouac was at such a low ebb not even "On The Road" was in most bookstores. This gathering marked the biggest turnaround in his career other than the release of his defining novel. From here on out — and with the direct help of those in attendance — there would be a steady ascension of Kerouac's standing in both the public and literary worlds. The book has been described as "funny and informative" — two words that usually don't go together. Life-long Beat readers will learn much they didn't know before — but there are a lot of scholarly works that will achieve that end. What sets this apart is it's an entertaining, page-turning, light-hearted, Prankster-rich, playful romp in the land of words and ideas. And a funny thing is — it's actually a love story. You'll see. The book is printed in a large easy-to-read font, is extremely fast-paced, and comes with a rich "Dessert" offering tributes to both those still living and those who have passed, as well as details on the five different documentaries shot at the summit. The book also features 60 photographs of the various participants and activities, and an Introduction by Neal & Carolyn Cassady's only son, John Allen Cassady (who was named after Kerouac and Ginsberg).

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Brian Hassett has been writing about Jack Kerouac and the Beats for over 30 years, including helping put together and write two of the keynotes essays for The Rolling Stone Book of The Beats. He also produced (booked, stage managed, hosted) many Beat related multimedia events with many of the living leading lights in various downtown clubs in Manhattan, as well in L.A., Toronto, London, Amsterdam and elsewhere. In Winnipeg in the 1970s he helped organized a series of bona fide Acid Tests with multiple bands and light shows and everything that goes with it. By age 17 he was touring Western Canada with the rock band Yes, and by 19 working with Bill Graham producing The Rolling Stones 1981 tour. In the 1980s he became close friends with Edie Kerouac Parker and Henri Cru, and by the Beat boom years of the '90s fell in with Carolyn Cassady and just about everybody else. He also hosted Carolyn and son John's first ever stage appearance together as they inducted Neal and Jack into the Cultural Hall of Fame in Amsterdam. He saw his first Grateful Dead show at age 18 in Seattle, June 1980, and his 2nd thru 6th shows were in the front 3 rows of Radio City Music Hall, after sleeping out on the sidewalk for tickets. He has ticket stubs or setlists from at least 116 shows, and before Jerry died he took at least 36 different people to their first show. He has performed both his own and Kerouac's writing, often with musical accompaniment, at the St. Mark's Poetry Project, the Knitting Factory, Wetlands, the Bitter End, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe and many other subterranean saloons. In 2001 he produced the multimedia "50th Anniversary of Jack Kerouac Writing On The Road" shows — on the day he started it, April 2nd, in New York, and on the day he finished it, April 22nd, in L.A., each with a long list of celebrity readers and performers. He wrote The Temp Survival Guide about how to make a living without having a job, and ended up for many years as an Executive Aide-de-Camp at MTV working with Tom Freston, Judy McGrath and others. His work on the Beats can be found in High Times, Relix, the Toronto Star, Beat Scene, DharmaBeat, Ken Kesey's Intrepid Trips, Levi's Jeans ads, and many other sources. He maintains an active website with all sorts of current adventures — including falling back in with the Merry Pranksters and Furthur at Yasgur's Farm in 2014 — at — BrianHassett.com

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"The book is a youthful memoir with all the never-to-be-recaptured frantic zest of a young man. Everything is wonderful in Hassett world, even bad luck. Every cloud he sees has a silver lining. This attitude takes him far. It's the sheer unbridled enthusiasm that pours from Hassett that is so engaging. This is a brilliant read." -- Hilary Finch, Beat Scene magazine (out of England)
"The challenge of a road trip memoir is to capture the elation of an unpredictable adventure in all its raw ecstasy, and Hassett pulls this off with humor, honest simple emotion, and bursts of wonky literary information. This is rollicking and delightful." -- LitKicks (world's premier and longest-running Beat web site) 
"This reads like a breathless telephone call or letter, a cassette-tape transcription, an annotated bibliography - because it's all of these -- utterly at home with thinking aloud reportage, fast and free, both street talk & literature, a textured ear, humorous, true, however knowingly comic, without obscuring the candid, naked, generous moment!" -- Collected Works Books, Australia, Kris Hemensley
"A tremendous author. The writing in this book is fantastic. It's a phenomenal work. If you're wanting to expand your consciousness and you're trying to become more enlightened, I can't recommend a better book." -- Jake Feinberg (The Jake Feinberg Show, PowerTalk 1210 AM)

"What a fresh light you're shining on the Beat Scene. And in a loving, lyrical style. Showing, in a way no one has before, how those around Jack influenced him and helped preserve his work for us. Your book will be an important addition to the ongoing Saga of Jack." -- Cor van den Heuvel (America's foremost haikuist)

"This is an excellent book about Uncle Jack, and also a heartfelt outpouring of love for mom and dad, and the Grateful Dead, too. Thank you for writing this."
-- Jami Cassady (Neal & Carolyn's youngest daughter, and "Jack's favorite")

"This is a remarkable tale of getting yourself going to goneward. Made me laugh, and overstand your estimations of the so manys I've known.  Very glad you got it in print and I have it in hand."
-- Gerd Stern (poet & multi-media artist - who did NOT lose Neal Cassady's Joan Anderson letter)

"This reads wonderfully. The stories of your adventures are always intriguing and fun. Despite what's going on in the moment -- you have an outlook on the world that is just joyful. And I love your play with words."
-- Jerry Cimino (founder & curator of The Beat Museum)

"You are a worldwise, lifewise storyteller of the highest order. This rocks with diamond halos and rolls with musical glee. A Beat bridge between then and now, and now and then. On the road, mad to write, mad to live, and everyone goes awwwwww ...."
-- S.A. Griffin (L.A.'s foremost Beat poet & performer)

"This is top level. It's breezy and friendly and fun to read. It's naturally gripping stuff, full of personality, and it works. There's a nice rhythm -- chunky, meaty, bouncy, like a good Grateful Dead road song. Plus, the book is offering valuable original material."
-- Levi Asher (Beat scholar and founder of the globally renown LitKicks)

"You will soon meet Brian through his words, and I think you will know right away why we like traveling and doing things with him. It's not just what he does, but how he does it. You'll see. And it's how he describes it. He writes the way he talks. And he lives the way he writes. Which also reminds me of my Dad and Uncle Jack."
-- from the Introduction by John Allen Cassady (only son of Neal & Carolyn Cassady)
"You're not an On The Road scholar -- you're an On The Road character!"
-- Teri McLuhan (Marshall McLuhan's author/filmmaker daughter)
"This is very rich, vivid and informative. It tells me things I didn't know -- and is definitely another chapter in the music/Beat nexus that is so worth airing."
-- Simon Warner (Beat scholar and author of Text and Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll)
"You nail Herbert perfectly. I can hear him say those lines in my mind's ear. And nice job on Edie and Henri. This book might help give them the credit they deserve."
-- Tim Moran (Huncke's friend, and the executor of Edie Kerouac & Henri Cru's estates)

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