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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Relat­ed Con­tent

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road Turned Into an Illus­trat­ed Scroll: One Draw­ing for Every Page of the Nov­el

Jack Kerouac’s 30 Beliefs and Tech­niques For Writ­ing Mod­ern Prose

Four Inter­ac­tive Maps Immor­tal­ize the Road Trips That Inspired Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

The Amer­i­can Nov­el Since 1945: A Free Yale Course on Nov­els by Nabokov, Ker­ouac, Mor­ri­son, Pyn­chon & More

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