Jack Kerouac reads his piece October In The Railroad Earth from the 1959 album Poetry for the Beat Generation, accompanied by Steve Allen on the piano.
October In The Railroad Earth is a memoir recounting Kerouac’s memories of his experiences as a “student brakeman” on the Southern Pacific Railroad in California. Its structure is episodic: its fifteen sections are loosely linked together by being set in the month of “October” and by focusing on his early career on the railroad. The piece was originally titled The Railroad Earth, first published in 1957. Continue reading JACK KEROUAC reads October In The Railroad Earth