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On the Road is a novel written by Jack Kerouac (1922–1969), during his early adulthood in the late 1940s, and published by Viking Press in 1957. The events in the novel are almost entirely drawn from Kerouac's life. His journals and notes were filled with detailed accounts of his travels across North America, including popular songs, books and products of the day. Even the characters in On the Road were given pseudonyms to conceal the identities of their real-life counterparts.


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Overture from Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven p.52
Sweet Adeline (barbershop quartet) p.54
Central Avenue Breakdown Lionel Hampton p.87
Lover Man Billie Holiday p.98
Mañana Peggy Lee p.99
Blue Skies n/a p.100
The Hunt Dexter Gordon & Wardell Gray pp.113,127
A Fine Romance (music box) p.119
Cement Mixer Slim Gaillard p.176
C-jam Blues Slim Gaillard p.176
Close Your Eyes (male singer) p.198
Congo Blues Red Norvo Sextet w/ Dizzy Gillespie p.219
Gator Tail The Cootie Williams band w/ Willis Jackson p.250
Lester Jumps In Lester Young p.251
Baby's Pudding Wynonie Blues Harris p.273
Chattanooga de Mambo Perez Prado p.287
More Mambo Jambo Perez Prado p.287
Mambo Numero Ocho Perez Prado p.287
Mambo Jambo Perez Prado p.287


The Town and the City (“The book”) Jack Kerouac (“John Kerouac”)  pp.6
The New Yorker p.10
The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman p.19
Life in the Far West George F. Ruxton p.38
Green Hills of Africa Ernest Hemingway p.57
Blue Book adventures of Oregon p.64
Le grand meaulnes Alain-Fournier p.102
New Orleans Times-Picayune want-ads p.147
Les Mystères de Paris (en: “Mysteries of Paris”)   Eugène Sue pp.188,192
Mayan codices p.144


The Mark of Zorro Dir. Rouben Mamoulian 1940 p.64
Sullivan's Travels Dir. Preston Sturges 1941 p.82
Of Mice and Men Dir. Lewis Milestone 1939 p.90
(“Hollywood prèmiere 10/26/47”)  p.101
Background to Danger Dir. Raoul Walsh 1943 p.244
(“Singing Cowboy Eddie Dean”) p.244

Radio shows

1948 Midnight New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square p.124
Chicken Jazz'n Gumbo Disc-jockey Show from New Orleans p.140
Mystery programme p.156
(“Radio Show from Clint, TX”) p.162
The Lone Ranger Show p.214
The Symphony Sid Show p.246
Marty Glickman commentating New York Knicks basketball games  p.250

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