Hear Jack Kerouac Read from On The Road on the 100th Anniversary of His Birth

Jack Kerouac was born 100 years ago today (March 12, 1922). And to mark the occasion, you can hear him read from his 1957 Beat classic, On the Road. This 28-minute recitation was apparently recorded on an acetate disc in the 1950s but thought lost for decades. It re-surfaced during the late 1990s. Enjoy.

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