- 310 Pages
- Released: March 1, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press
Description by OLDIES.com:
Offbeat is the action-packed true story of a unique friendship and collaboration between composer-performer David Amram and author Jack Kerouac. Amram is your ever-enthusiastic and energetic travel guide, taking you along in this extraordinary account of their adventures from 1956 until Kerouac's death in 1969. The hilarious making of the now-classic film Pull My Daisy, the historic first jazz/poetry readings ever given in New York, and the symphonic works inspired by Kerouac, are all described here for the first time in detail by the man who made the music. Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Langston Hughes, Neal and Carolyn Cassady, Franz Kline, Larry Rivers, and a host of others, are vividly portrayed forging the legend of a generation that lives to this day.
Now in a paperback edition, David Amram retraces in this engaging memoir the creative paths he followed through restless days and long, exhilarating nights with his collaborator and friend Jack Kerouac. With candor and humor, Amram illuminates the private side of Kerouac, his extraordinary intellect and his ardent pursuit of music and literature. Among the last of a generation that altered the style and substance of the arts in its time, Amram also celebrates in this wise and affecting book the renaissance of interest in Kerouac’s work three decades after his death. Photographs are included. “[A] compassionate, firsthand portrait.”—Eric P. Nash, The New York Times Book Review “... every bit as radiant as his enduringly popular first memoir, Vibrations.”—Donna Seaman, Booklist “[A]n unpretentious, freewheeling festival of highly diverting tales.”—Kirkus Reviews “[Offbeat] is most valuable for its narrative of the ongoing restoration of Kerouac’s literary reputation.”—Paul A. Bergin, St. Petersburg Times