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English Audio Request

silverteacher
552 Words / 2 Recordings / 13 Comments
Note to recorder:

An American born speaker would be great for this one :) thank you. Could you please pause between paragraphs.
You are going to make my day, for sure :)

Jack Kerouac lived a brief but full life. He was born in 1922 and died in 1969 at the age of only forty-seven.
He was born into a family with French-Canadian roots, and did not speak English until he was six years old. It
wasn’t long before he decided he wanted to be a writer. He started at the age of ten, writing a sports news sheet, and by eleven had written a complete novel.
By this time he had already decided he wanted to travel, and in writing On the Road he combined his desire to travel with his desire to write.
Despite writing some thirty published and unpublished books, including plays and poetry as well as novels, Kerouac never repeated the international success of On the Road.

On the Road, originally published in 1955, is about a writer named Sal Paradise (actually Kerouac) who meets and becomes obsessed with the character of Dean Moriarity. Dean is the fictional equivalent of Neal Cassady, a Beat icon who never published a word during his lifetime, but appears either as himself or is characterised in the literary works of John Clellon Holmes, Alan Ginsberg, Tom Wolfe, and is even memorialized in the music of The Grateful Dead. Sal spends the novel hitchhiking across America, joy riding with Dean to Mexico, and basically experiencing the freedom of being on the road in post war America. Perhaps his best novel, On the Road may soon be gracing the silver screen.

Jack Kerouac, thought of by many as the father of the beat movement, is considered one of the most influential American writers of the 20th Century. The innovator of what he called 'spontaneous bop prosody', his frenetic fast-paced writing seemed to embody the energy and spirit of the post WW2 youth. Kerouac wrote like a jazz musician plays: fast and free, paying no attention to the rules. His lack of proper punctuation and sentence structure once prompted Truman Capote to say of his work, 'That's not writing, that's typing.'

"If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, take the highway that’s the best
Get your kicks on Route 66"
The idea for Route 66 started in Oklahoma. Citizens there wanted to link their state with states to the east and west. By the 1920s, federal officials wanted to connect state roads to provide a shorter, faster way across the country. So a plan was developed to connect existing state roads into one long national highway.
United States Highway 66 was established on November 11th, 1926. It was one the first federal highways. It crossed eight states. It was 3,800 kilometers long.
Route 66 became the most famous road in America. It passed through the center of many cities and towns. It crossed deserts, mountains, valleys and rivers.
In the 1930s, people suffered through the Great Depression. In Oklahoma, many poor families lost their farms because of dust storms. So they traveled west to California on Route 66 in search of a better life.
In 1939, John Steinbeck wrote about these families in "The Grapes of Wrath."

Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

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  • On the road again, Jack Kerouac. ( recorded by speedwell ), Standard American English

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    Jack Kerouac lived a brief but full life. He was born in 1922 and died in 1969 at the age of only forty-seven.He was born into a family with French-Canadian roots, and did not speak English until he was six years old. It wasn’t long before he decided he wanted to be a writer. He started at the age of ten, writing a sports news sheet, and by eleven had written a complete novel. By this time he had already decided he wanted to travel, and in writing On the Road he combined his desire to travel with his desire to write. Despite writing some thirty published and unpublished books, including plays and poetry as well as novels, Kerouac never repeated the international success of On the Road.

    On the Road, originally published in 1955, is about a writer named Sal Paradise (actually Kerouac) who meets and becomes obsessed with the character of Dean Moriarty. Dean is the fictional equivalent of Neal Cassady, a Beat icon who never published a word during his lifetime, but appears either as himself or is characterised in the literary works of John Clellon Holmes, Alan Ginsberg, and Tom Wolfe, and is even memorialized in the music of The Grateful Dead. Sal spends the novel hitchhiking across America, joyriding with Dean to Mexico, and basically experiencing the freedom of being on the road in post-war America. Perhaps his best novel, On the Road may soon be gracing the silver screen.

    Jack Kerouac, thought of by many as the father of the beat movement, is considered one of the most influential American writers of the 20th Century. The innovator of what he called 'spontaneous bop prosody', his frenetic fast-paced writing seemed to embody the energy and spirit of post WWII youth. Kerouac wrote like a jazz musician plays: fast and free, paying no attention to the rules. His lack of proper punctuation and sentence structure once prompted Truman Capote to say of his work, 'That's not writing, that's typing.'

    [sung] "If you ever plan to motor west
    Travel my way, take the highway that’s the best
    Get your kicks on Route 66"

    The idea for Route 66 started in Oklahoma. Citizens there wanted to link their state with states to the east and west. By the 1920s, federal officials wanted to connect state roads to provide a shorter, faster way across the country. So a plan was developed to connect existing state roads into one long national highway.
    United States Highway 66 was established on November 11th, 1926. It was one the first federal highways. It crossed eight states. It was 3,800 kilometers long.
    Route 66 became the most famous road in America. It passed through the center of many cities and towns. It crossed deserts, mountains, valleys and rivers.
    In the 1930s, people suffered through the Great Depression. In Oklahoma, many poor families lost their farms because of dust storms. So they traveled west to California on Route 66 in search of a better life. In 1939, John Steinbeck wrote about these families in "The Grapes of Wrath."

    Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

  • On the road again, Jack Kerouac. ( recorded by i9258sh ), american

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    Jack Kerouac lived a brief but full life. He was born in 1922 and died in 1969 at the age of forty-seven. He was born into a family with French-Canadian roots, and he did not speak English until he was six years old. Early in his life, he decided he wanted to be a writer. He started at the age of ten, writing a sports news sheet, and by eleven he had written a complete novel. By this time he decided he wanted to travel.

    In the novel "On the Road" he combines his desire to travel with his desire to write. On the Road was originally published in 1955 and is about a writer named Sal Paradise (actually Kerouac) who meets and becomes obsessed with the character of Dean Moriarity. Dean is the fictional equivalent of Neal Cassady, a Beat icon who never published a word during his lifetime, but appears either as himself or is characterized in the literary works of John Clellon Holmes, Alan Ginsberg, Tom Wolfe, and is even memorialized in the music of The Grateful Dead.

    Sal spends the novel hitchhiking across America, joy riding with Dean to Mexico and experiences the freedom of being on the road in post-war America. Perhaps Kerouac's best novel, On the Road may soon be gracing the silver screen.

    Despite writing some thirty published and unpublished books, including plays and poetry as well as novels, Kerouac never repeated the international success of On the Road.

    Jack Kerouac, thought of by many as the father of the Beat movement is considered one of the most influential American writers of the 20th Century. The innovator of what he called 'spontaneous bop prosody,' his frenetic, fast-paced writing seemed to embody the energy and spirit of post-world war two youth. Kerouac wrote like a jazz musician plays: Fast and free, paying no attention to the rules. His lack of proper punctuation and sentence structure once prompted Truman Capote to say of his work, 'That's not writing, that's typing.'

    "If you ever plan to motor west Travel my way, take the highway that’s the best Get your kicks on Route 66."

    The idea for Route 66 started in Oklahoma. Citizens there wanted to link their state with states to the east and west. By the 1920s, federal officials wanted to connect state roads to provide a shorter, faster way to cross the country. So a plan was developed to connect existing state roads into one long national highway. As a result, United States Highway 66 was established on November 11th, 1926. It was one of the first federal highways in the United States. It crossed eight states and was 3,800 kilometers long. Route 66 became the most famous road in America. It passed through the center of many cities and towns. It crossed deserts, mountains, valleys and rivers.

    During
    the 1930s, people suffered through the Great Depression. In Oklahoma, many poor families lost their farms because of dust storms. As a result; they traveled west to California on Route 66 in search of a better life. In 1939, John Steinbeck wrote about these families in "The Grapes of Wrath."

    Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly.

Comments

speedwell
Feb. 17, 2017

Folks, if you're going to record this, you really have to sing the excerpt from Route 66 :D

silverteacher
Feb. 17, 2017

I totally agree :)

speedwell
Feb. 17, 2017

Give me time to make a cup of coffee and I'll do this one :)

silverteacher
Feb. 17, 2017

great! thanks :)

speedwell
Feb. 17, 2017

Done, with added scat singing haha :D

speedwell
Feb. 17, 2017

Note that in America they often pronounce "kilometres" with the stress on the "lo" syllable, as if it was "kill LAW ma terrs". I will re-record if you wish.

silverteacher
Feb. 17, 2017

no it's fine, thank you ever so much

silverteacher
Feb. 17, 2017

I had such a good time listening to you song, thank you! You made my day.

GlobalWarning
Feb. 17, 2017

I just had to listen. Nice one, speedwell! :-D

speedwell
Feb. 17, 2017

Thanks, folks, this was a fun one :)

silverteacher
Feb. 17, 2017

Here is what you helped achieve, thank you again, you may roll over the text with your mouse and hear your bring this story to life:
https://www.genial.ly/View/Index/58a5b0c348d72a188c62651d

GlobalWarning
Feb. 17, 2017

Silverteacher, you go to the max for your students! I so much admire your dedication, enthusiasm and energy! I hope they do too. :-)

speedwell
Feb. 17, 2017

You made MY day. Thanks so much!

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