Kerouac, Allen’s ‘Poetry for the Beat Generation’ getting reissued

News / Preorders / March 20, 2017

Jack Kerouac and Steve Allen’s album, Poetry for the Beat Generation, is getting a new vinyl release. You can see the release’s history below:

n true, stream-of-consciousness, Beat fashion, the entire album was cut in one session with one take for each track, Allen’s piano weaving in and out and occasionally commenting on Kerouac’s verbal riffs to great effect. However, when Poetry for the Beat Generation was ready for release in March 1958, Randy Wood, the president of Dot Records, was appalled by the then-daring language and subject matter and canceled the release…but not before 100 promo copies got out (and if you have one you’re set for life)! Thiele then left the company over the dispute and got the master tape in the bargain, which he finally released on the Hanover label which he founded with Allen in June 1959.

Real Gone Music has a black and white smoke version (510 copies) available at Amazon, along with a red and gold marble version at Newbury Comics.

The reissue will be released on April 7.


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.