Blues and Haikus

Blues and Haikus is the American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac's second album and was released in 1959.

Blues and Haikus
Studio album by
GenreSpoken word
LabelHanover-Signature Record Corporation LP #5006
ProducerBob Thiele
Jack Kerouac chronology
Poetry for the Beat Generation
Blues and Haikus
Readings by Jack Kerouac on the Beat Generation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]


On the album, Kerouac's poetry readings are accompanied by jazz saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims. The album is included in the CD box set The Jack Kerouac Collection.

Track listing

Side One

  1. "American Haikus" – 10:01
  2. "Hard Hearted Old Farmer" – 2:13
  3. "The Last Hotel/Some of the Dharma" – 3:49

Side Two

  1. "Poems from the Unpublished Book of Blues" – 14:05

Bonus Tracks on 1990 CD issue

(Outtakes from the Blues and Haikus recording sessions)

  1. "Old Western Movies" - 6:42
  2. "Conclusion of the Railroad Earth" - 10:05


  1. Eder, Bruce. Blues and Haikus at AllMusic
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