Genre: Spoken Word
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen Poetry for the Beat Generation LP (Milky Clear Vinyl)

Jack Kerouac & Steve Allen

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Legendary 1959 Album Reissued on Milky Clear Vinyl LP!
Released on the Occasion of Kerouac's 100th Birthday Year!
Limited to 1,000 Copies!

The story behind this album, which marked Jack Kerouac's debut as a recording artist, is almost as fascinating (but not quite) as the performances it contains. Kerouac had completely bombed in his first set during a 1957 engagement at the Village Vanguard when TV personality, comedian, and musician Steve Allen volunteered to accompany him on piano during the second. The results were so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele then brought the duo into the studio to record an album for Dot Records. In true, stream-of-consciousness, Beat fashion, the entire album was cut in one session with one take for each track, Allen's piano weaving in and out and occasionally commenting on Kerouac's verbal riffs to great effect. However, when Poetry for the Beat Generation was ready for release in March 1958, Randy Wood, the president of Dot Records, was appalled by the then-daring language and subject matter and canceled the release...but not before 100 promo copies got out (and if you have one, you're set for life)! Thiele then left the company over the dispute and got the master tape in the bargain, which he finally released on the Hanover label which he founded with Allen in June 1959. That release still stands as one of the most momentous spoken word albums not just of the '50s but of all time...and Real Gone Music are proud to bring it to you in a milky clear vinyl version in Jack Kerouac's 100th birthday year!

Kerouac's readings are in a class by themselves, and separate from Allen - the two performances co-exist and weave together without ever really joining, and the result is a peculiar form of jazz; Kerouac did his thing, Allen did his, and the result was a spellbinding performance, and it was musical, despite Kerouac's seeming monotone reading, which never slowed or otherwise interacted with Allen's piano - his voice dances to its own beat, with Allen embellishing and working around him; in the process, you get visions of various facets of Kerouac's work and personality... still worth a listen now every bit as much as it was in 1959, and perhaps even more so.
-Bruce Eder,, 4/5 stars


  • Limited Edition - 1,000 Copies
  • Kerouac's 100th Birthday Release
  • Milky Clear Vinyl
  • Made in the USA


Side 1:

  1. October In The Railroad Earth
  2. Deadbelly
  3. Charlie Parker
  4. The Sounds of The Universe Coming In My Window
  5. One Mother
  6. Goofing At The Table
  7. Bowery Blues

Side 2:

  1. Abraham
  2. Dave Brubeck
  3. I Had A Slouch Hat Too One Time
  4. The Wheel of The Quivering Meat Conception
  5. McDougal Street Blues
  6. The Moon Her Majesty
  7. I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous

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