> I can't remember which thread had the Steve Allen / Dylan / Kerouac YouTubes, so I started over. Amazon loves to suggest similar entertainment, and I ran across two fascinating and fun early TV moments. For your entertainment --
> Frank plays a bicycle...
> Frank Zappa on The Steve Allen Show March 4, 1963
> The next video takes place in 1968
> Buckley, Kerouac, Sanders and Yablonsky discuss Hippies
> While Ed Sanders of the Fugs seems to be the most articulate of the group, eventually (despite his alcoholic haze) Kerouac has the best line of the show.
Yes, Kerouac remained in what seemed like terror of the television camera, so much that he apparently got trashed drunk to have the "courage" to face the evil eye of the glass teat. But still his charm and brilliant wit shines through the fog, he coulda been a contender.
From the very same moments in time, though, 1968, Jack Kerouac was doing much better, speaking more articulately, et ecetera, although probably still quite drunk, in places like the Paris review interview here:
Haiku instructions from Jack Kerouac...
"Haiku? You want to hear haiku? You see you got to compress into three short
lines a great big story. First you start with a haiku situation--so you see a
leaf, as I told her the other night, falling on the back of a sparrow during
a great big October wind storm. A big leaf falls on the back of a little
sparrow. How you going to compress that into three lines? Now in Japanese
you got to compress it into seventeen syllables. We don't have to do that in
American--or English--because we don't have the same syllabic bullshit that
your Japanese language has. So you say: "Little sparrow"--you don't have to
say little--everybody knows a sparrow is little because they fall so you
say'..." -Jack Kerouac
(Excerpted for example, discussion and educational fair use purposes.)
Love the Fugs, their commercial Americana work such as "Belle of Avenue A" deserves a revival or two.