Here’s video from the very first reading from Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, cowritten with biographer Paul Maher Jr. This is the reading that took place at The Sidewalk Cafe, to celebrate poet RA Araya’s birthday, and the awesome band I collaborated with is called flashbackpuppy. Not only was this my first reading from the book — it was also my first time reading with a live band! We didn’t rehearse the collaboration at all. I literally met them for the first time when I got up on the stage.
Video via Liz Koenig
Video via Fred Rodriguez
Don’t forget to come out this Monday night, September 3, at 8:30, to Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NYC). Just steps from where Jack Kerouac and David Amram did their jazz-poetry readings in 1957, I’ll be reading about Kerouac while David Amram plays! If you’ve ever caught any of his performances, you know that Amram is not only a phenomenal musician but also a great storyteller.
Amram & Co. includes David Amram, Kevin Twigg, John de Witt, and Adam Amram. $10 cover, plus $10 minimum.
9/2/12: That’s Jon Martinez on bass, Patrick Conlon on drums, Peter Beckett guitar playing in the videos.