Set off on the eternal trail of the Beat experience in the city that inspired many of Jack Kerouac's best-loved novels including On the Road, Vanity of Duluoz, The Town and the City, and Desolation Angels. This is the ultimate guide to Kerouac's New York, packed with photos of the Beat Generation, and filed with undercover information and little known anecdotes.
Eight easy-to-follow walking tours guide you to:
- Greenwich Village bars and cafes where Kerouac and his friends Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady, William Burroughs, Diane di Prima, Gregory Corso, Hettie and LeRoi Jones, John Clellon Holmes, Joyce Johnson, and others read poetry, drank, turned-on, and talked all night long.
- The Chelsea-district apartment where Jack wrote On the Road.
- Mid-town clubs where Beat poets mingled with artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and listened to jazz and blues greats Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday.
- Times Square, a magnet for Kerouac and the Beats.
- Columbia University, where the original Beats first met and began a revolution in American literature and culture.
Each tour includes a map of the neighborhood, subway and bus information, and an insider's angle on Jack Kerouac's life in New York. A must for Beat enthusiasts and critics.
Bill Morgan is a painter and archival consultant working in New York City. His previous publications include The Works of Allen Ginsberg 1941-1994: A Descriptive Bibliography and Lawrence Ferlinghetti: a Comprehensive Bibliography. He has worked as an archivist for Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, and Timothy Leary.