One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur

He was called the vibrant new voice of his generation — the avatar of the Beat movement. In 1957, on the heels of the triumphant debut of his groundbreaking novel, On The Road, Jack Kerouac was a literary rock star, lionized by his fans and devotees. But along with sudden fame and media hype came his unraveling, and, by 1960, Kerouac was a jaded cynic, disaffected from the Beat culture he helped create and tortured by self-doubt, addiction and depression.

Desperate for spiritual salvation and solitude, as well as a place to dry out, he secretly retreats to Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s rustic cabin in the Big Sur woods. But his plan is foiled by his own inner demons, and what ensues that summer becomes the basis for Kerouac’s gritty, yet lyrically told, semi-autobiographical novel, Big Sur.

One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, takes the viewer back to Ferlinghetti’s cabin and to the Beat haunts of San Francisco and New York City for an unflinching, cinematic look at the compelling events the book is based on. ()

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One thought on “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur

  1. Chris Weige says:

    The $20 One Fast Move box set bundles a soundtrack CD from Son Volt front man Jay Ferrar and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard along with a paperback version of Kerouac’s Big Sur novel, a 15-page booklet and a fascimile excerpted from previously unpublished Kerouac writings.“Generation after generation read these books,” says One Fast Move producer Jim Sampas. “Even today, Kerouac’s work stands out as something liberating from the normal prose form.”

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