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What Happened to Kerouac? (1986)

Documentary explore the unfulfilled promise of Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac, covering the period from the publication of his notorious novel On the Road in 1957 to his alcohol-related death 12 years later.

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(works "On the Road", "Visions of Cody", "Desolation Angels", "Mexico City Blues" and "Dr. Sax and others")
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Jan Kerouac ...
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Herbert Huncke ...
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Fran Landesman ...
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Ed Sanders ...
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Edie Kerouac Parker ...
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Michael McClure ...
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John Clellon Holmes ...
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Lawrence Ferlinghetti ...
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Ann Charters ...
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Neal Cassady ...
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Documentary explore the unfulfilled promise of Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac, covering the period from the publication of his notorious novel On the Road in 1957 to his alcohol-related death 12 years later.

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An investigation of the king of the Beat Generation.


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borderline hagiography
14 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The answer should be obvious: the influential author of 'On The Road' suffered from an overdose of self-absorption and became a martyr for untalented imitators everywhere. Few of his acolytes would ever dare to acknowledge what the Beat Generation might have actually represented: an elite minority of conceited misfits, calling attention to themselves and insisting (with no small arrogance) that by displaying their own inadequacies they were somehow expressing the angst of post-war America's disillusioned youth. Respect for an iconoclastic (if self-destructive) literary rebel is one thing, but this ongoing elevation of Kerouac to divinity is quite another.


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