Kerouac -- Kicks Joy Darkness

An assemblage of writers, actors, and musicians contribute to this unexpectedly robust collection of Saint Jack’s lesser-known ”pomes.” There are a few flat moments among the 25 pieces but Michael Stipe, Juliana Hatfield, Steven Tyler (!), and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti stand out, while Hunter S. Thompson’s self-penned ”Ode to Jack” — a nervous, lurching tour de force — is poignant and funny. The Beat goes on. B+

Kerouac -- Kicks Joy Darkness
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