Famed beatnik writer Jack Kerouac's debut spoken word album Poetry for the Beat Generation will be reissued for the first time ever since its 1959 release via Real Gone Music.
The album will be pressed on black and white "beatnik smoke" vinyl limited to 900 copies. Featuring TV personality and musician Steve Allen on piano, the collaboration came about after Allen had rescued Kerouac from a disastrous first set at the Village Vanguard.
According to the label "the duo’s collaboration was so impressive that legendary engineer Bob Thiele brought them into the studio to record an album for Dot Records". With the entire album being recorded in just one session and one take for each song. However, Dot’s President Randy Wood rejected the album due to its then-daring language and subject matter. Leading Thiele to leave and start Hanover Records with Allen and subsequently release the record in 1959.
The album is set to be released on 7th April.
Check out the full album below: