COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: What Happened To Kerouac?

Created: 11/07/2012 11:22 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

Jack Kerouac is considered the father of the Beat Generation and was he wrote about his experiences. He was an author, a poet, and an underground celebrity. He wrote several books and was on many different television programs in the 50s and 60s.

To be honest I had never heard of Jack until I received a review copy of Shout Factory’s documentary on Jack called “What Happened To Kerouac?”

I thought that the documentary was very interesting and I learned a lot about Jack Kerouac.

“What Happened To Kerouac?” is a two disc DVD set and is filled with interviews from people that knew him very well. They tell about his life and their experiences with him and also the many struggles he had with alcohol. 

Some of the people that are interviewed are: Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs, Steve Allen, plus many others.

There are over two hours of special features on the second disc which include:

“The Beat Goes On” which features 17 Chapters of rate and unseen footage including extended interviews from: Abbie Hoffman, Timothy Leary, Paul Kassner, Allen Ginsberg, William s. Burroughs and many more.

I thought that Shout Factory’s “What Happened to Kerouac?” was very interesting and I really enjoy documentaries. I am always interested in learning about people that I had never heard of.  If you are a fan of Jack Kerouac’s writing or want to learn about him, I would definitely pick this DVD up.

For more information on Shout Factory go to www.shoutfactory.com.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.