Naval Reserve Enlistment photograph of Jack Kerouac - By USGov - National Archives, Public Domain.

Naval Reserve Enlistment photograph of Jack Kerouac – By USGov – National Archives, Public Domain.

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Novelist, poet, and Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac would have turned 94 this past Saturday, March 12th, 2016.

On today’s edition of “The Freak Power Ticket,” producer / host Ted Coe pays tribute to the working-class son of French-Canadian immigrants, who was born and raised in Lowell, Massachussetts. He wrote more than a dozen novels and as many published collections of poetry. His semi-autobiographical breakthrough novel, On the Road, was published almost sixty years ago, in 1957.

Today’s program will suggest parallels between the 1950s-1960s and today, as illuminated by the words and readings of Kerouac, his contemporaries (William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Amiri Baraka, Diane Di Prima, and more), their political, cultural, literary, and musical influences (especially within the realms of jazz music, sexual and chemical experimentation, and spirituality), and more.

[T]he only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road.

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