Amazing Kerouac 'On the Road' parchment - Russell Brand on the Road - BBC documentary

Amazing Kerouac 'On the Road' parchment – Russell Brand on the Road – BBC documentary

Russell Brand continues his epic road trip across America in this free video from BBC Worldwide. Here, the comedian visits the home of jazz poetry, a movement that was created in part by his literary idol Jack Keroauc during the time of writing the generation defining novel ‘On the Road’. Brilliant video from BBC documentary ‘Russell Brand on the Road’.

time now to pay respects to our beloved sacred parchment the original manuscript of Cairo ax novel has been on the road itself touring the country Kerouac spent seven years mulling over this book but he bashed it out in a free week non-stop splurge of creativity fuelled by caffeine on this single enormous roll of paper this lock of road bridge long rows the scroll is 120 feet long we have 36 feet on exhibit it's very very thin tracing paper and what we wanted to show is at the very end with a dog aid the scroll do you show the scroll to his friends and left it on the table and the dog started showing the back of the scroll do you think a dog really a man who finished it yeah there's a dog out the scroll an excuse what is it bad if I I've really convinced you let me touch make sure that anyone all right I will let you and then it got tangled up on us and we ended up all wrapped up like mummies in it and if I was crying try to please look a lot of unhappy people whilst the scroll is on display to the public it's actually the private property of gee mercy the multi-millionaire eccentric owner of the Indianapolis Colts the reigning Super Bowl champions it cost tycoon Jim a ludicrous 2.4 million dollar e no surprise 66 tartar touch I don't like to do anything that makes you sweat if you don't come at the end of it yeah where is Jim he is slow wait wait yeah I was just say wait here and just wait here will be urine we've been asked to wait in the office of Super Bowl winning head coach Tony Dungy day to pick up the phone yeah find the number tactics tactic then give him some new tactics Woolston toward a speaker hello Austin hey there yes I'm here this is Tony Dungy gotta make some changes now from now on all linebackers are gonna be wearing ballet shoes it's gonna make am nimble on their feet they're gonna be super fast you're with me watch them because if you're not with me you're against me I'm with you first John Cleese uh-oh John Cleese might be here Jim why'd you lie to me if you obviously rich is successful an example of the American Dream do you not think that it's bizarre that that scroll is owned by you a dead rich powerful man when a lot of it's about you know the term beat itself is about people that are down and out and that not really because you know I'm I'm a peasant by Nature I believe no one has it made and I believe that we're all on spiritual ground equally you know no more no less so you are a man in with a considerable power you have some own football team incredible wealth and influence and also you have that kind of awareness I wouldn't expect in the through my own prejudicial views to meet a man in your position and you talk like that about spirituality and you're put in a position you know where you have everything it's awfully hard to be happy if you're not spiritual because you realize everything is really nothing we live these mundane life and life can't you know churns along but we're looking for the magic you know to me on the road it's just that tail that that will always be there of youth and pursuing you know that the passions of your life so okay how come you put that scrolling basically I always say the scroll found me it's just like when I got the scroll who was this guy what's he gonna do is you gotta lock it away you know but instead you know I've spent a lot of money putting down the road building you know case for it having people care for it and get it all around the world

40 thoughts on “Amazing Kerouac 'On the Road' parchment – Russell Brand on the Road – BBC documentary

  1. Amphetamines with tobacco and alcohol. Making that, stealing, leaving unwanted babies around, living off working people you think are lame, sound hip… man.

  2. Wharra load of old Pre tense'ive poncing. Post war Fatherless reprobates spawned the beet psychotic ravers off in the first place. Fight Wars! this is what Youlle get. Jolly Tom layabouts out enjoying themselves lollygagging other ponces poncing aroiund. Excellent job.

  3. I was the recipient of the$100 bet made between Russell and his friend at the Scott Shady Court motel in On the Road BBC piece. Time Stamp 59:33. A LOT of it was edited out. OMG. He interviewed me for an hour

  4. Word Woodman, For anyone to commentate on what Kerouac wrote is a difficult task but at least Russell has given a voice. If you actually take the time to look into what russel brand has done especially recently your realise hes got a good vibe going, not the hollywood stigma frougsht upon him. He has opened up Jack Kerouac to many a sound ear to appreciate his work and the more the better that cannot be a bad thing as someone who understands Kerouac would understand. Increase the peace /

  5. Well he wrote over 100,00 words in three weeks. That's pretty damn fast. I mean that is seriously fast to have finished a first draft.

    And Brand is thoroughly out of his depth here, clearly feigning interest for something he has no knowledge of. He does talk a lot, Hell, I'll raise you one further, the man talks too much.

  6. i guess. three weeks, then? i thought it was much faster. (makes sense, of course).

    i like russell brand a lot, i think he's extraordinary, but here it seems like he's a bit out of his depth somehow. although i think it's never too good an idea to get upset over a single word a comedian used, even if misplaced. the man talks a alot.

  7. Well no, I understand he meaning, but to me it does Kerouac a grave disservice to describe those three weeks as a splurge, it was much, much more. Splurge does not describe the creative frenzy he was in even minutely. It is a terrible, terrible word to have used.

  8. i suppose "splurge" in the sense that kerouac banged the thing out almost in one manic sitting. but of course that was just the part of the work where he unloaded all the stuff from his experience on paper.

  9. 'A splurge?' Did I hear that right? Kerouac's most successful novel a 'splurge' of creativity? That is the most depressing thing I've heard in a long, long while. And what a fantastic definition of 'the term beat.' ('people who are down and out and that.') I want to cry in a corner and just wait until Russell Brand goes away and never comes back.

  10. whythey pick thwse logo kind characters like this guy and bono who look like action series cartoons or something and put them talking aside man like kerouac or bukowski i dont get that, its alwats after they are fnmous these attention grabbin douches appear while theres strugling artists these ppl would not give fuck about them nor recognise their works as of value its the people that arent the bonos and the brands who do that

  11. Yeah you're right. I'm sure Kerouac would have wanted to be immortalised by people paralyzed with self-importance discussing the various literary complexities of his work… This is apparently Russell Brand's favourite book, and he honours it in a slightly mad way because he's a bit of a loose cannon. (insert quote about Kerouac's passion for those who are 'mad to live, mad to talk'). Also, he is a c-o-m-e-d-i-a-n. Banter is sort of his 'thing'.

  12. Caffeine? Hey, maybe I should drink tons of caffeine to see what I'd write in a 3 day binge….but I do believe that Russell Brand is genuine. But there's nothing about the scroll that is funny.

  13. Oh sure just fueld by caffene. He wasn't eating benzidrine or anything. Just like when I illustrated 200 copies of my own c.d. with color pencils and glue I wasn't on vivance OR aderal. Just caffein. That's all.

  14. @rubsley probably can't really define what they were looking for…but these are themes you see across many of their writings…

  15. @rubsley Definitely, and I suppose that "The Beats" becomes a name attached to two distinct (East coast and West Coast [no, we're not talking gangta rap here]) groups with distinct influences. What connected them then? Just what you say: using their art to contemplate and maybe even discover that spiritual reality that would set them free…rejection of the dominant materialism in the US at that point…

  16. @rubsley YES! I think that's what drove them and confused them..especially in that time right after WWII from which America the entity on the national stage really becomes established. It's interesting you bring up all Americans as outsiders though because it makes me think of how Americans "go back" to their ancestors' countries to try to find themselves…

  17. @rubsley no doubt you know what it is to be "beat,' but "The Beats" were out for a specific goal: to find their America. I'm positive that someone trying to find God through minimalism and renunciation of material goods will have in common a number of spiritual experiences with many of the beats, no matter the cultural background of the wanderer, however, an outsider to america can't experience the beat's search for self-identity as Americans that was so important to their art.

  18. @rubsley The way I interpreted this passage was that he felt uncomfortable being a hypocrite; He comments on how Jack & Neal were so spontaneous when on the road, how they let their energy take them where they wanted to go. Brand said something about being uncomfortable doing this in front of a crew and under the regulations of the BBC. I found this doc. eye opening, and can appreciate that whilst he didn't always take it seriously, he did appreciate the spirituality of the whole movement.

  19. F**k 85 Million, you can't take it with you, the only think you can do with it…is pay people to tell you what you want to hear. You can't buy real experiences, real living, that what what Kerouac captured on that scroll. Line after line of experience…

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