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Why On The Road's journey is a bumpy ride

5 October 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's no surprise that the film adaptation of Kerouac's book is rocky: the Beats have rarely fared well on the big screen

The Beat generation was vibrant for just a short cultural moment, proclaiming a loud "no way" to the great American "yes sir" sighed by fat, complacent Eisenhower-era America. The Beats sought escape in jazz, marijuana and heroin; in racial and sexual transgression and spiritual questing; in language still deemed obscene (Ginsberg: "America, go fuck yourself with your atom bomb"); and with a determination to live free of ambitions and schedules. Their exploits unfolded in a world now vanished, where racial segregation was the norm, and jazz was still a living music, not a museum art; before Eisenhower shrank America with the transcontinental highways, and the road was still The Road. They're people in history now, the Beats.

It's taken 55 years for Kerouac's On The Road, the movement's signature novel, »

- John Patterson

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