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Jazz and Jack Kerouac II

Subterraneans poster“Jazz and Jack Kerouac” is now archived…apologies for the one-day holiday delay. For more jazz-and-Jack-Kerouac, check out our previous show, The Subterraneans, which explores the jazz score for the only film to be adapted from a Kerouac novel to date, as well as the story behind the movie and some dialogue clips from it. (The film itself is nearly unwatchable, except as a study of how Hollywood rendered the Beats circa 1960, and as a campy romp–Roddy McDowall played the character based on Gregory Corso. You can see a number of stills from the movie here…and yes, that’s George Peppard, Mr. A-Team himself, in the brown leather jacket playing the Kerouac-based protagonist.) The West Coast jazz musicians who pop up from time to time also provide some interest for aficionados…the definitive version of the soundtrack is still available.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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