Kerouac wrote "On the Road" in only 3 weeks (reportedly with the aid of caffeine and Benzedrine), using one long roll of paper in his typewriter so he wouldn't have to stop to change the sheets. He believed his first thought was always his best thought - no editing and no revisions. This led to a very free flowing, spontaneous prose that paralleled the experimental jazz of that era. Often, the two mediums were combined and the Beat Generation (or Beatniks as they were later called) would gather in coffee houses to read aloud their poetry to the accompaniment of jazz musicians.
The movement grew to eventually become a media parody of itself with the stereotypical goateed and turtlenecked beatnik spouting nonsensical poetry and outrageous lingo (see Hep Cats & Beatniks - Parts 1 & 2) Although perpetrating the stereotype has been a whole lot of fun ('cause it's coolsville to dig the hep cat beat, Daddy-O) I'd now like to share with you to the real deal, Himself. So here, on a clip from the Steve Allen Show is Jack Kerouac reading from his novel, "On the Road."