Jack Kerouac

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Jack Kerouac (/ˈkɛræk/ or /ˈkɛrɵæk/, born Jean-Louis Lebris de Kérouac; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet.

He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation. Kerouac is recognized for his method of spontaneous prose. Thematically, his work covers topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. He became an underground celebrity and, with other beats, a progenitor of the hippie movement, although he remained antagonistic toward some of its politically radical elements.

In 1969, aged 47, Kerouac died from internal bleeding due to long-term alcohol abuse. Since his death, Kerouac's literary prestige has grown, and several previously unseen works have been published. All of his books are in print today, including The Town and the City, On the Road, Doctor Sax, The Dharma Bums, Mexico City Blues, The Subterraneans, Desolation Angels, Visions of Cody, The Sea Is My Brother, and Big Sur.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Blues and Haikus Jack Kerouac 1
2008 Poetry for the Beat Generation Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen 1
Legends of the 20th Century Jack Kerouac 1

Other + Audiobook

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks William Burroughs & Jack Kerouac 1
On the Road (Narrator: David Carradine) Jack Kerouac 1

Other + Spokenword

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation Jack Kerouac 2

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
The Jack Kerouac Collection Jack Kerouac 1

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