As any fan of the Beat generation will know, the highly influential novel On The Road by Jack Kerouac is being made into a film. Typed in one long transcript by Kerouac himself (see image, right) On The Road embodied individual expression, Beatdom and free writing. For many, the arrival of the film will give fresh access to a slice of Beat reality that remains the cornerstone of the generation, even in the twenty-first century.
Noemie – the founder of OnTheRoad4Kerouac – is pioneering a fascinating project to celebrate Kerouac’s 90th birthday, the arrival of the film, and to promote the buzz of the Beat generation. Simply submit a testimonial about Kerouac, his writing, his life, or simply his beatific soul, and get the chance to appear on one continuous transcript of testimonials that are going to be presented to The Beat Museum – that’s 37 metres of Kerouac inspired words – the same length as the original On The Road transcript. This monument to the worldwide influence of Kerouac will land on the doorsteop of the place that brings together everything about the Beat Generation – the Beat Museum. Take a look at the On The Road the Movie blog and get involved, and keep an eye out for in-depth interviews with myself, the founder of OTR4K and, of course, Railroad’s own Kerouac testimonial.