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Kerouac and Music panel + Mexico City Blues performance

Sat 19 Oct, 5:00pm at Copper Auditorium

Tickets: £7 , approx running time: 90mins

This event features a panel discussion about Kerouac and Music followed by a performance of Mexico City Blues

Panel Discussion: Kerouac and Music

Jack Kerouac’s relationship to popular music in the second half of the 20th century was crucial. Jazz had a significant influence on his writing voice and often on his subject matter, too, and he was a fan of the blues, country and the popular ballads of the day. But his impact on those musicians who followed was powerful as well. Major figures in the world of rock – Dylan, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and more – credit the writer’s input to their lives and art. What drew them to the novelist’s work and his vision of the world?

Our panelists are…

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

Heath Common – Music publisher, journalist, songwriter and poet

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

Performance: Mexico City Blues

Combining saxophone and voice, Mexico City Blues, one of Kerouac’s most celebrated verse works, a poem sequence inspired by jazz musicians, is brought to the stage.

Our performers are…

Saskia Connolly, voice

Christophe de Bézenac  –  Saxophonist, artist and neuroscientist

George Rodosthenous – Associate Professor In Theatre Directing, School Performance and Cultural Industries, University of Leeds