New in our Counter Culture Chronicles catalogue are recordings of Jack Kerouac and Fielding Dawson on cassette.
Counter Culture Chronicles #7 contains two interviews of Jack Kerouac, both interesting but for different reasons. The first one is an interview by Charles Jarvis and James Curtis which was broadcast on 8 October 1962 on WCAP radio in Kerouac’s hometown Lowell, Massachusetts. Jarvis and Curtis set out to interview Kerouac about his new book ‘Big Sur’, but find themselves taken for a ride by a relaxed and high-spirited Kerouac. The B-side of the cassettes contains an older and very different interview of Kerouac by heavy-weight journalist and writer Ben Hecht which was broadcast on television in October 1958, shortly after the publication of Kerouac’s ‘The Dharma Bums’. At the time, one year after the publication of ‘On The Road’, Kerouac’s star was rising whereas Ben Hecht was the granite literary institution of an older American generation. The interview is a clash of generations.
Counter Culture Chronicles #8 contains a one-hour long reading of stories by American author Fielding Dawson at the Central Park Grill, Buffalo, NY. The reading, for a sometimes noisy crowd, was recorded by Allen de Loach on 2/7/1974. Dawson enrolled in Black Mountain College in 1949 alongside Robert Rauschenberg and Kenneth Noland to study painting under Franz Kline and writing under Charles Olson. After having served at a military hospital as a conscientious objector to military service, Dawson returned to New York and immersed himself in the burgeoning art scene and frequented Max’s Kansas City, where he met Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock and many other artists. Dawson wrote about them all in a seemingly stream-of-consciousness style, influenced by Olson´s ‘projective writing’, in which form follows content.