Hope you’ve enjoyed the week we spent exploring the connection between the UK and the Beat Generation! Do you like these sorts of thematic weeks?
I thought I’d kick off your weekend with a few related links:
Barry Miles wrote about Jack Kerouac’s Celtic roots in Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, and you can read that section in the New York Times
I wrote about how Lawrence Ferlinghetti introduced Kerouac to a Breton (a Celtic language brought over to France) phrase here
Carolyn Cassady was living in Bracknell, England, at the time of her death in September
Bracknell is home to the Bracknell Jazz Festival, which has been running since the ’70s
Pat Fenton wrote an article for the Irish Echo entitled “Down memory lane into Paddy Reilly’s,” which explores the band the Black 47 taking inspiration from Jack Kerouac and Celtic music (I think you can read the article in the print edition, sorry!)
Reporters interview beatniks in Newquay, England, sometime around 1960, in this video on Papermag
London Living suggests the best beatnik hangouts
Proud Chelsea brought Paris’s “The Beat Hotel” to London via a 2010 exhibition a few years ago
When England got The Sea Is My Brother before we did, I wondered if the Brits love Kerouac more than the Yankees?
What did you think of Daniel Radcliffe’s American accent as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings?