Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Beat Generation [BOX SET]

This three-disc set is a gold mine for anyone with even a passing interest in the music, the poetry, and the people of the beat era. The stars--Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs--are here, of course. But so are the players (Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan), the architects (Kenneth Patchen, Kenneth Rexroth), the cutups (Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley), the pretenders (Rod McKuen, Edd Byrnes), the critics (Carl Sandburg, Howard K. Smith), and the heirs (Tom Waits). What a great selection of vibrant poetry, hip music, and sonic ephemera..... Dig this crazy box, man!


marram62 said...

Disc: 1
1. San Francisco Scene (The Beat Generation) - Jack Kerouac
2. Beat Generation - Bob McFadden
3. Footloose in Greenwich Village
4. Blues Montage - Leonard Feather, Langston Hughes
5. Manhattan Fable - Babs Gonzales
6. Reaching into In - Ken Nordine
7. Parker's Mood - King Pleasure
8. Route 66 Theme - Nelson Riddle
9. Diamonds on My Windshield - Tom Waits
10. Naked Lunch [Excerpt] - William S. Burroughs
11. Bernie's Tune - Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan Quartet
12. Like Rumpelstiltskin - Don Morrow
13. Oop-Pop-A-Da - Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra
14. Basic Hip - John Brent, Del Close
15. Christopher Columbus Digs the Jive - John Barrymore
16. Clown - Charles Mingus, Jean Shepherd
17. Murder of Two Men by a Young Kid Wearing Lemon Colored Gloves - Chamber Jazz Sextet, Kenneth Patchen
Disc: 2
1. Hip Gahn - Lord Buckley
2. Twisted - Jon Hendricks, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Ross
3. Yip Roc Heresy - Slim Gaillard & His Middle Europeans,
4. Ha! - Charlie Ventura
5. Pull My Daisy - David Amram, Lynn Sheffield
6. October in the Railroad Earth - Steve Allen, Jack Kerouac
7. Cool Rebellion - Howard Smith, Howard Smith
8. Cosmic Rays - Charlie Parker
9. Kookie's Mad Pad - Edd Byrnes
10. Bebopper - Gordons, Hank Jones
11. Hunger Is From - Ken Nordine
12. No Pictures Please - Rod McKuen
13. Like Young - Mitchell Ayres, Perry Como
14. Married Blues - Kenneth Rexroth
15. Psychopathia Sezualis - Lenny Bruce
Disc: 3
1. Jack and Neal / California, Here I Come - Tom Waits
2. Readings from "On the Road" and "Visions of Cody" - Steve Allen, Jack Kerouac
3. Interview With Jack Kerouac - Ben Hecht
4. Kerouazy - Don Morrow
5. Cool - John Brent, Del Close
6. But I Was Cool - Oscar Brown, Jr.
7. Uncool - John Brent, Del Close
8. High School Drag - Phillipa Fallon
9. Oop-Bop SH-Bam - Kenny Clarke & His 52nd Street Boys
10. Professor Bop - Babs Gonzales, Three Bips & A Bop
11. Beatnik's Wish - Patsy Raye & The Beatniks,
12. Like Having Fun - Elmer Bernstein
13. On Beatniks - Carl Sandburg
14. Swinghouse - Gerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan Quartet
15. Greenwich Village Poets - Charles Kuralt
16. America - Allen Ginsberg

Justin Crash said...

Woah - i dig this, sdaddi-o. this is one cool hep trip you've laid on me.

no, but seriously.
poetic and weird. i like this weirdtown you're living in.


marram62 said...

cool! yeah, i kinda like it hey! thanx for the comment....84 people so far have downloaded this from me and you are the only one to bother to say far.............peace...

ben said...

Hey thanks so much for this!
I got this for my 18th birthday and it changed my life. It still works its magic. Peace!

marram62 said...

you're welcome!........peace

Civilian_Zero said...

Thanks soo much, been looking for this online somewhere as I can't find it in any stores where I'm from >_<

Paul said...

Hello, would you be able to upload this again or to a different site or something? Rapidshare says "There are no more download slots available for free users right now", and I have to be a premium user to download this. thank you very much for the upload

The Glass Pinata said...

I got this for my 16th bday from my parents 16 years ago and it changed my life forever. You don't know how happy I am to find this and to know other people are digging the beats
: )

mintypinto said...

Well I just want to say that what I want to say is you are running a fab site. I was on the trail of The Big Shot, the Ginger Geezer and I strayed in here. Glad I did. Thanks for your time, effort and genorisity.

Liam said...

Thanks for this post! I found this while looking for "The Best of the Beat Generation" cd, also released by Rhino. What is puzzling to me is that more than half the contents of the "best of" cd are not found on the box set. That single cd, of course, is out of print. It's worth finding, if you do not have it.

At any rate, thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Cool jive real cool... yeah ! - Thanks hep cat :)

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for sharing this. Would have ended up paying over £70.00 in the UK and the MP3 download on Amazon that is linked to the box set page takes you to some weird hip-hop CD....
Thanks again....

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing this...

Your blog is marvellous!

Big Ern xxx

Melbourne Australia

kinabalu said...

Yes, this is a fine one. I believe there were some others in the series, Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg. Nice pic of Marty Feldman at the top there. Of course, I am a huge admirer of the Ginger Geezer. You might consider posting some of the 80s stuff if you haven't done so. Come to think of it, I haven't listened to those recs in ages ...

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for thhis gem! never come across it before...saying that, I haven't come across a great deal of what you upload to this fabulous site! Thanks again

Anonymous said...

Its a fantastic and eclectic record of beat poetry and music. I love the variety.

Great blog too,