Before John Sinclair founded the White Panthers, managed the MC5 and did time for giving an undercover cop two joints as a Christmas present, he read Jack Kerouac's On the Road as a junior in high school -- and he says his life started. Sinclair will be at the Mercury Cafe on Friday, February 7 as ... More >>
More than sixty years ago, Jack Kerouac watched a baseball game at a ballfield at 23rd Avenue and Welton Street in downtown Denver, a field known today as Sonny Lawson Park. He appreciated the crowd watching the game along with him that night, and commemorated "all humanity, the lot" in On the Road. ... More >>
For fifty years, fans of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, an ecstatic recount of crossings and recrossings of North America in the late 1940s that provided a road map for the Beat generation, have been waiting for a movie of the book. Fans in Denver have a particularly interest: Muse Dean Moriarity was b ... More >>
Jack Kerouac visited Five Points when it was at its most vibrant, when it was the heart not just of Denver's African American community, but of the entire Rocky Mountain West, when the Rossonian Hotel and other jazz clubs in the area were must-stops for black entertainers crossing the country. As Ke ... More >>
David Amram, who will perform at the Neal Cassady birthday tonight at the Mercury Cafe and tomorrow night at Dazzle, shared a close connection with Cassady, Jack Kerouac and other Beats, while also being a jazz musician who collaborated with Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus and Oscar Pettiford. Amra ... More >>
Street art is usually a fly-by-night phenomena, one that the artists prefer no one -- especially the police -- witness. Just ask the Knapper twins, the subjects of this week's Westword cover story. But Denver has recently taken to the idea of live street-art events. And last Friday night, UnseenDenv ... More >>
Though it's easy to over-drink and nearly impossible to over-read, books and beer go hand in hand. And a glass or two of the right beer with the right book can rightly relax the mind and stimulate the senses, thus drawing you deeper into both crafts. As is the case when pairing food with beer, the m ... More >>
Theo's Kerouac stencil, looking pensive.If he were around today, it's pretty certain that Neal Cassady, immortalized as Dean Moriarty in Jack Kerouac's On the Road, would appreciate what the street artist Theo has been up to lately. Cassady was a born rabble-rouser, after all, and in more way ... More >>
Yes he was.Jack Kerouac was here. He came here and wrote about it in On the Road, his most enduring work, and fell in love with Denver to the extent that, at one point, he actually bought a house in Lakewood. Yes, Kerouac was indeed here, but one thing that will not be here, apparently, is Fr ... More >>
The Five Points neighborhood has always been fertile ground for growing art, music and literature. Five Points beets pay tribute to that legacy by honoring "beet generation" authors Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac...
10 more for the collection.Yesterday, Portfolio.com informed us that we live in the 7th best city for retirement among cold weather climates. Today, we learned that DIA is the best North American airport, according to Business Traveler. This, obviously, is cause for excitement. Because these ... More >>
While recording songs for Jim Sampas' documentary about Jack Kerouac, Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab for Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard realized they both shared an affinity for the famed Beat writer. After recording songs for the film, the pair continued to work on songs using words from Kerouac' ... More >>
Architect Ed White changed the way the world looks at Denver -- not just through his architectural designs, but through his friendship with Jack Kerouac. That friendship is documented in the form of Tim Gray, a White-like character in On The Road, as well as in the structure of the book itself. Ba ... More >>
Denver won't be turning to Mark Twain. At 11 a.m. today, Mayor John Hickenlooper will unveil the fifth selection for the city's One Book One Denver reading program. Here's what we know it won't be: Plainsong, Kent Haruf's lovely novel about life on the Eastern Plains, rejected early on because of ... More >>
January 23, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D The American Mid-West | The story of how On The Road was written is perhaps a better known story than the plot of On The Road itself: In 1951, a young writer named Jack Kerouac rolled several scrolls of teletype paper into his typewriter and then in a three ... More >>
January 23 by David Amram The American Mid-West | As boy brought up on a farm in Pennsylvania in the late 1930s, I have never forgotten the love of trains, which our generation shared. The distant rattle and rumble of the steam locomotives pulling their freight and passengers across America through ... More >>
January 19, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D Denver | Jack Kerouac's On The Road, based in part on Kerouac's own life traveling back and forth across the United States in the mid to late 1940s, was written in a spontaneous but highly disciplined style of writing, which very effectively documented the ... More >>
January 19, 2008 by David Amram Denver | When I first came to Denver in the mid-forties with my family, and later on when traveling through with different bands, I was always aware of Larimer Street and Five Points as the two places in Denver that in no way fit the stereotype of a Hollywood Western ... More >>
Day One Day Two Day Three January 15, 2008 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D The American West | Lowell, Massachusetts, the small industrial town of Jack Kerouac's childhood and growing up, is not a setting in his most famous novel On The Road. Still, there is a presence of this town and the people Keroua ... More >>
Day One Day Two Day Three January 15, 2008 by David Amram The American West | Since I was brought up on a farm in Feasterville, Pennsylvania during the 1930s, most of my first impressions of the American West were informed by Saturday matinees at the movies. But my Uncle David, a merchant seaman ... More >>
We know you're busy. So we've compiled this list of the essential stuff you might have missed, or might want to see again, from this week at blogs.westword.com. Enjoy. This slide show offers up some essential do's and don't's of Western wear from the National Western Stock Show parade. We caught u ... More >>
Day One Day Two January 11, 2008 By Audrey Sprenger San Francisco | There is an alleyway in San Francisco named for Jack Kerouac. It links Grant and Columbus Avenues, the main drags of Chinatown and North Beach. Identified by a proper city sign and locatable on city maps it is, except for the gr ... More >>
Day One Day Two January 11, 2008 By David Amram San Francisco | In the summer of 1948, at the same time that Jack Kerouac was wandering America, I hitchhiked across the country, from Washington D.C. to San Jose, California to visit my girlfriend. On my weekends off from my job as a carpenter's he ... More >>
Monday, January 7 by Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D Denver | There has been a lot of talk about Jack Kerouac this year and the 50th anniversary of his novel On The Road. It's buzzed through Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, public broadcasting and public radio. Over and over again I hear the same comments, th ... More >>
Monday, January 7 by David Amram Putnam Valley, New York | In 1956 Jack Kerouac and I first met at a bring-your-own-bottle party at a painter's loft and instantly began collaborating artistically. I backed him up musically while he read and from the earliest days of our working together I knew tha ... More >>
A Denver couple learns the ABCs of filming commercials.
A snap judgment on the next One Book, One Denver choice.
Celebrate fifty years of On the Road with a weekend of events.
Kenny Be It's time for Jack Kerouac to blow this cowtown again, to rush off into the good night. But instead of heading west to 'Frisco, Denver's favorite adopted son is moving on to summer in his real hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. This Saturday, March 31, is the last chance to catch Kerou ... More >>
The much-ballyhooed arrival in Denver of the scroll bearing Jack Kerouac's On the Road manuscript brings back memories of the last great Beat convergence in these parts, a time when wacky Kerouacians crowded the University of Colorado campus in Boulder to revel in all things Jack. The year was 1982 ... More >>
Jack Kerouac's back, and Denver's literary scene is on a scroll.
Here's something to do in Denver when you're dead: stay famous.
A Square Deal
Are you gonna wear that? The Snake Pit offers a music-heavy week of guidance for the fashion set.
How a kid from Boulder became an eyewitness to the passing of an era.
The Beat goes on...
Gerald Nicosia has spent a decade challenging the disposition of Jack Kerouac's $20 million literary estate. Along the way, he's annoyed most of what remains of the beat generation.