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Jack Kerouac 100: memo and mixed media artifact round-up

Jack Kerouac 100 Centenary
Mixed Media Artifact Round-up

Memo, March 11, 2022: *Happy* 100 birthday Jack Kerouac. Died in 1969, just before I was born ~ i’ve stumbled as a lonesome traveler on the road with your books stuffed in dharma bum rucksack for decades with dreams, visions, blues & haiku. Somehow, almost accidentally, lived longer than you *&* I’m (trying to be) a great dad – you still always win at the prose though.

Did you know in those last years that half a century later we would all know and still care, possibly even more? Maybe you did.

Of course here at my “creative life archive“ I have loads of videos, podcast, riffs, snap etc. about old Ti Jean, but rather than posting invisible links for further digging,

I’ll leave it to your exploration (you know how to search). Daveostory dot com and invite you (those *thirthy/fortyish* or under &/or otherwise unaware) to ask me questions as I’m working on some projects to turn “the youth“ onto the erstwhile beat generation.

Im no biographer (goodness knows they are possibly *too many* of those) but I am an enthusiast and dareisay have “lived beat“ much of my life {all that hitchhikin, all that railroadin, all that coming back to… } & have the scars, stories and notebooks as evidence.

Curiosity encouraged and welcomed.

Jack Kerouac 100 Centenary
Mixed Media Artifact Round-up

Artifacts, riffs, essays, interviews, etc – specifically about, or generally close to – Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday. {Obviously not complete so kindly let me know if something to add}

One preview from Brian Land:

And speaking of love between Beat brothers, after the post-show groove-down ended, my German compadre Thomas Kauertz had lined up a video-chat with fellow Canadian Beat Dave Olson who’s now living in Japan following in the Gary Snyder tradition, and unlike back in the Beat-old-days, we were able to talk live on screen in that real Star Trek world we find ourselves — and let’s never forget how frickin wild this all is.  Within seconds, we’ve got Dave on the screen in our hands, 14 hours into tomorrow on the other side of the world, as we share live the visual buzz back-and-forth in real time.  Beat that!

Dave’s built a crazy directional sign post in his front yard for all wandering Japanese to stop and wonder about.  He only puts cool locations on it, and the next day he sent a picture of his next addition . . .

via Brian Land:Kerouac’s 100th birthday celebration in Lowell

Curiously Punctuated (and Ready) ~ Beat Sushi with Jason Emde

Curiously Punctuated (and Ready) ~ Beat Sushi with Jason Emde

Spontaneous riffs and readings from world rambling renegade letter writer with a new master’s thesis, Jason Emde who, as it goes from his home in Gifu also makes a podcast called “writers read their early sh!t”. 

oh Hi, let’s try on hats and listen to records

From the Kura barn studio, Dave meanders about Japan geography and “things not done” and hat selections for Kyoto before reading Jason’s letter to Molly, then rambles on about similarities in geography, points of view, adventures whilst recounting how he came across Jason’s work stretching over a decade or more (and including naval officer Bob), oh then 2 freeverse poems (after Gary Snyder) with Jason’s streams about “usual days” in Gifu and Vernon.

Beat Sushi with Jason Emde at daveostory (art by Ichiro Stanley)

Plus name checks for James Joyce’s Ulysses, Christopher Trottier, Marshall McLuhan, Ken Babbs, Ken Bole, music bits from Bachman Turner Overdrive Live at Budokon, John K Samson (of The Weakerthans etc), hooray for ampersands and em-dashes! Also Amsterdam, London, Vancouver, Bali and most points in between, except Africa, haven’t gone there. 

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By Post: Jack tribute CDx2 & Bob’s Distortion LPx7

Recently by post:

Jack Kerouac “kicks joy darkness” double CD. All songs/spiels about/dedicated to Jack by various artists. ¥401 delivered.

An assortment of “popular music artists“ with songs inspired by, and about, Jack… Will give you a better rundown later.

And, Bob Mould seven (!) Vinyl box set… You may know him from Hüsker Dü and/or Sugar or his various solo/ Trio/DJ projects – from Minneapolis to San Francisco to Berlin.

Includes one which is a 12 inch disc but runs at 45 RPM and has three songs on one side and blank on the other, plus a booklet of credits, lyrics, annotations and a blurb by J Mascis. Really a fantastically crafted box, that even “wishes“ when you pull one of their records out.

Has been on my list but a bit *too expensive* for this hippie poet until it showed up for ¥5000 ish / $47 usd +/-, delivered.

There is also an earlier career box set as well as various Hüsker Dü compilations but as I say, “one revolution at a time”.

Community & Correspondence ~ Beat Sushi for Dan in Mass & Jack Kerouac 100

Thanks to Dan for the package of friendship, ephemera, artifacts and goodness

Taking a break from chainsaw noise cutting down bamboo, DaveO rambles on about the importance of community and correspondence (yes spelled incorrectly) – especially while in a rough patch with a chronic and complex illness #MECFS – and shares a remarkable package sent by Kerouac enthusiast Dan Bacon in Massachusetts including: scrapboook, artifacts, ephemera and memorabilia from Lowell, Jack Kerouac’s 100th birthday, and other events including the impending Town and the City music festival which inspires playing of lovely blue Tanya Donelly and Parkington Sisters vinyl record. 

Also shows new-ish Cascadia passport and meanders about Gary Snyder in Japan years ago and his recent convos with poet Wang Pang ++ love of maps, letters, stories, and how we’re all part of the erstwhile Beat tradition if we are living intentionally, respecting others’ voices and creating goodness. 

Happy to be your fan, fondly etc. from Giggling Piglet Studio in a historic Kura storehouse in Tsuchida, Okayama, Japan.

Book: Jack Kerouac, On the Road, original sc/roll in Japanese 日本語

For cover collectors and other curious folks, here is the “original sc/roll“ edition of OtR in 日本語Japanese.

{As displayed under my “postbox postcard haiku“ painting at Rural Caprine (goat) Farm & Market in Okayama & watched over by Jerry Garcia.}

Books (recent): Kerr, Whiting, Fitz, Gaiman, + usual Kerouac et al

4 pack of old, new, new to me / Japan, America, Jazz

4 books by post from Infinity Book’s ∞, Tokyo. Alex Kerr, author of two of these, it’s going to be an event later this month… Yes, I’m planning on leaving the house in subsequent months. Started into Dogs and Demons and it’s really exposing colossal buzz kill of modern Japan… {I have to be careful about what I process because I’ve chosen to live here forever, and certainly know that everywhere has its faults but have to take honesty and reality in small doses}.

The F Scott Fitzgerald is a beauty little edition as well. And so many of my friends freaking love (&/or in one case are pals with) Neil Gaiman so getting on board. Thanks Kat C for encouragement.

“Spy book” – I am already suspicious (is it strange to get to know somewhat embarrassed to be sharing this?) and Japan from the long timer

2 more books arrived, not my usual type maybe but, i enjoy Robert Whiting’s nostalgic-without-being-sentimental gazes at Japan and want to support his diligence + i like “spy craft” but without cheese and violence so curious if former agent’s nom de plume is logistically accurate and, if it’s about “running as in managing agents in the field” rather than an “agent running rogue in the field” as the former is much more interesting to me. (Am i a snob to say I’m *almost embarrassed* to show this?) No answer required.

Jack, Neal, Allen – all in one mighty tome

Also in the bedside stack: Reading first editions in bed. After all, books are for reading as well as collecting, sharing (and sometimes accidentally using it as a place to set coffee #NotRecommended). Nice to see a book by Jack Kerouac about Neal Cassady (Cody Pomeroy) with forward by Allen Ginsberg – quite a trifecta.

on hand, side of bed for respites and dreams

Beat Sushi: Jack Kerouac spins for “Brian Land”

From a kura barn in provincial Japan, DaveO kicks off “Beat Sushi” by sending greetings to Beat / Deadhead / Prankster / Political fixer(?) Brian Hassett with a meandering answer to a simple question about a Jack Kerouac vinyl box set.

Along with spinning Velvet Underground and Jack’s “Western Movies” with Al Cohn and Zoot Sims from “The Last Word” disc, your rambling host talks about:

  • JK’s recent centenary & events in Lowell, Mass etc
  • a phone call from Lowell with Brian and Thomas the German architect
  • plus namechecks for: Beat Museum’s event in San Francisco; Jim Irsay and Mr. Canary’s sc/rol etc adventures in LA and beyond
  • bit of SxSW flashback (missing pals & hi/jinks)
  • and a look around the Giggling Piglet Studio with records, books, typewriters, flags, ephemera and whatnot

Dig Jack Kerouac festivities in Lowell roundup riff at Brian Land: https://brianhassett.com/2022/03/kerouacs-100th-birthday-celebration-in-lowell/

DaveO’s Creative Life Archive at https://daveostory.com {you are here}
including “Six Poets at Six Gallery” video: https://daveostory.com/film-vids-docs/social-culture/meet-the-beats/

Much more Beat & counter-culture literary goodness, fill yer boots!

(Brief) Intro to The Beat Generation #video

A rollicking rapid-fire, mixed-media introduction to The Beat Generation – made especially for youth (specifically, a 11th grade lit class at a DoD base school) – with topics including:

  • what made The Beats, the beats (ergo: time, place, circumstance, intentions, global mindset, searching for “holy”)
  • characteristics of style (freeverse, spontaneous prose, collaboration, diversity, art + craft + integrity)
  • notable writers and characters including: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Neal Cassady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • roots and branches extending from the Beats like: Merry Pranksters, folkies, hippies, yippies, punks, DIY and even “digital nomads”
  • riffs about censorship, “obscenity” trials, sexuality, religiosity
  • call to action about the importance everyone with something to say “saying it” – including YOU
  • plus more notable writers: Gregory Corso, Richard Brautigan, Ruth Weiss, Diane DiParma & currently working Ron Whitehead and Anne Waldman
  • namechecks and cameos for: The Clash, Tom Waits, Jello Biafra, Ken Kesey, Wang Ping, Masa Uehara, Nanao Sakaki many more…

Presented from a historic barn in provincial Japan with vinyl records, artifacts, ephemera, loads of books, postcards etc – by storymaker Dave Olson who invites you to ask questions via postcard (address included within).

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Diary: dumptruck, Bob, Jack, VWs, baseline

Several topics to catch you up on, including:

  • Ryoko’s new dump truck! 660cc, 4WD, 350kg payload
  • Brother Bob‘s birthday w/ pleasant convo from Diego Garcia (many topics)
  • Jack Kerouac birthday festivities with kindness from beat enthusiast pals
  • Updates from Gary Snyder, and about VW electric bus (entirely separate topics)
  • Wife gave haircuts to me & Ichi! (she can do anything, was basically like trimming trees)
  • Small tasks around the house
  • SxSW flashbacks (do they even bother doing this anymore without my gang of renegades on site?)
  • Topsy-turvyness of life in general (seemingly endless “life administration” tasks”)
  • An (trying to be small) “introduction to the beat generation“ video project for youths

But, Mondays are a little busy here around the cottage – rained last night which freshens up the air, spring arriving with bugs and birds, have an opened up the windows let it all into the abode – now with tea and porridge… must tend to grocery orders and grocery delivery, and trash out, and the usual laundry, dishes and compost…

I say this not to be redundant (which clearly is) but this is just me striving to be back to some kind of “baseline” – which is measured by the aforementioned household tasks coupled with bathtime with Ichiro #BestTime

(here’s a snap dedicated to brother Bob Olson featuring a knit watch-cap, (non-military regulation) mustache, his usual sorta-photo-scowl, and a blue shirt he made in Thailand, added with a tie-dye from Mac Kobayashi)

Everything else is bonus. #ImprovingTheCampsite
Carry on intrepid ramblers!

Items: arrived by post (regarding poets and ramblers)

Three items arrived by post:

a card and dossier of treats from a rambler in Salish Sea (w/ lovely inky pen writing; Richard Brautigan collage poem from a mysterious source as a tribute for the poets birthday; &, Jack Kerouac 100th birthday tribute double CD from Bear Family Records in Germany.