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Kerouac and Culture panel + What Happened to Kerouac? screening

Fri 18 Oct, 7:30pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £7 , approx running time: 120mins

Age: 15

This event features a panel discussion followed by a screening of the documentary What Happened to Kerouac?

Panel Discussion: Kerouac and Culture

Jack Kerouac’s acclaimed novel On the Road was published in 1957, at the heart of an American decade charged with dangerous politics – Cold War tension, nuclear threat and the rising call for Civil Rights. In an age of economic prosperity and the emerging teenager, and at a time when Brando, Dean and Presley would also leave their imprint, how did Kerouac and the Beats fit into this volatile landscape?

Our panelists are…

Simon Warner – Rock historian and co-editor of Kerouac on Record: A Literary Soundtrack

Douglas Field – Academic and author

Jay Jeff Jones – Writer and editor with a special interest in underground culture

Screening: What Happened to Kerouac

Director: Richard Lerner, Lewis MacAdams

Country: USA

Year: 1986

Cast: Gregory Corso, Jan Kerouac, Herbert Huncke

This documentary  explores the later life Beat Generation icon Jack Kerouac, covering the period from the publication of his acclaimed novel On the Road in 1957 to his alcohol-related death in 1969, years of fame and pain, celebrity and crisis.