Poetry for the Beat Generation

Poetry for the Beat Generation is the debut album of American novelist and poet Jack Kerouac and was originally released in 1959. Initial performances of these poems were poorly received by an audience at the Village Vangard in 1957. However, Kerouac was so impressed with how the poems sounded when accompanied by Steve Allen's piano that it became the first record Kerouac committed to audio[2].

Poetry for the Beat Generation
Studio album (spoken word) by
GenreSpoken Word, Easy-listening
LabelHanover Signature Record Corp LP #5000
ProducerBob Thiele
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Kerouac is accompanied by Steve Allen on the piano. All songs were written by Kerouac. The album is included in the CD box set The Jack Kerouac Collection.

Track listing

Side One

  1. "October in the Railroad Earth" – 7:08
  2. "Deadbelly" – 1:02
  3. "Charlie Parker" – 3:43
  4. "The Sounds of the Universe Coming in My Window" – 3:14
  5. "One Mother" – 0:47
  6. "Goofing at the Table" – 1:42
  7. "Bowery Blues" – 3:48

Side Two

  1. "Abraham" – 1:14
  2. "Dave Brubeck" – 0:27
  3. "I Had a Slouch Hat Too One Time" – 6:11
  4. "The Wheel of the Quivering Meat Conception" – 1:51
  5. "McDougal Street Blues" – 3:23
  6. "The Moon Her Majesty" – 1:36
  7. "I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous" – 0:37

Bonus Tracks on 1990 CD issue

(Taken from the Steve Allen Plymouth Show, NBC Broadcast, Monday 10:00pm, 16th November 1959 Eastern time) [3]

  1. "Readings from On the Road & Visions of Cody" – 3:31


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