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So big things in the land of Jones. As many of you know by now, I’ll be a subject in the upcoming documentary Finding The Beat. The film is the brain child of director Trina Dematti and producer Jinx Rhodes. These two ladies will set off on the road in Kerouac like proportions to discover  the BEAT of America. Ten cities from San Fransico to New York City will be visited and one person who is the epitome of the modern Beat in each of the ten cities   will be filmed and talked with about their work. Of these 10 only 3 will be selected to take the ride to NYC. For a finale of epic proportions. I’m proud to say I’m one of the 10 chosen souls.

After a rigorous interview session with director Trina Demattei. I shared my epic short DEEP FRIED DUCT TAPE AND SUSHI KNIVES. It was then decided the two of us would join forces to adapt Sushi for the silver screen. The ball has been set in motion and we are beginning the first phase of this endeavor.  Which is finding the proper screenwriter to transfer my voice to the screen. The plan is to have the film be a pairing with my soon to be released book  THE VOICE OF THE DOOMED, which is slated for release late 2010 from CITY OF RECOVERY PRESS. We are hoping these two projects will be the beginning of a long and successful partnership between CITY OF RECOVERY PRESS & MS. DEMATTEI & MS. RHODES. Stay tuned for further details on all of the above projects……

Check out Finding the Beat @http://www.findingthebeatmovie.com/blog/

For more info on the director of Finding the beat and Deep Fried Duct Tape And Sushi Knives check out her site http://www.trinademattei.com/

Good Day Mr. Jones,
My name is Trina DeMattei, I am currently in pre-production on a feature length documentary that I am directing entitled “Finding the Beat…”
I wanted to clarify that I received your contact info from David S. Wills at Beatdom Magazine. I happily stumbled on Beatdom in my research of everything Beat. I am so happy that David responded with such gusto for our little movie. In a series of get-to-know-you emails he proclaimed that he had poets/writers/artists who we should contact.
The intent of the documentary to find the Modern Beat. We will venture out on a road trip across America SF-NYC  to find our America through the eyes of its artists. We believe a legacy does exist and my intent is three fold:
1. To showcase (via our blog and film) and to meet/interview a series of subjects from various artistic backgrounds from all over America who we
believe display the modern Beat.
2.  To honor the members of the Original Beat Generation, who they were and how their work inspired our film. We aim to interview influential Beat historians and hopefully some who knew them personally.
3.) To explore various themes, including: The modern artistic community and if there is one.  How we get our art out THERE in the age of Twitter haiku’s and FB updates – does this lessen our art or contact with each other? How has America changed from when Jack 1st set out and more importantly (I think) how are we the same?
After David suggested your name, I found your blog. I read through a few of your posts/articles for Beatdom and I thoroughly enjoyed your writing. I went ahead and linked your blog on our blog roll. Check out our site at: http://www.findingthebeatmovie.com
On the site you can check out what we are about and who we are.
We are asking for contributors of all forms and we are currently on the look out for subjects. We started with Denver and we were overwhelmed with the response. We want to use our blog as a multi-media showcase as well as a format to discuss the making of the film.
Our intent is to film in Denver in August. We have a subject we are very interested in shooting his life, his work and of course the relevance of Denver to the Beats. We are currently preparing for fundraising (benefits here in Northern California and such) so we aim to use our Denver footage as a trailer/short for future fundraising efforts.
I really enjoyed reading your work and my intent in writing to you is to see if you would be interested in being a contributor to our blog as well as a possible subject?
Wow! Sorry it took so long to get to that!
You can learn more about me, here: http://www.trinademattei.com
I hope this letter finds you well and hope to hear from you soon,
Trina DeMattei
Director
Finding the Beat…
A basic synopsis of the film/project..
A journey across America’s heart to find its Beat.

10 Cities : San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, New Orleans, Chicago, Savannah, Memphis, D.C. & Boston.

10 Subjects: An artist picked from each city that displays the Beat of their city. We will go to meet them in person, see/hear their work and learn about their lives.

The Challenge: Of these 10, 3 will be invited to come along for the ride.

The Road trip: From SF to NYC -we will pick up our selected 3 and ask them to jump in the car and come along for the ride.

The Destination: New York City.

The End: A showcase in NYC . A night of music, art & poetry. A night to showcase all of the subjects of our documentary but especially the final 3. The audience that night will be comprised of the people (agents, editors, producers, artists) that NEED TO SEE THEIR WORK.

The Result: We’ve made our film. Our subjects will have received the recognition they deserved.

We’re on a journey across America’s heart to find its beat. Come on America, we’re ready.

Writers and alcohol have gone hand in hand as long as words have been written and things have been fermented. Absinthe fueled many a poet, Bukowski made a career out of being a barfly, and Kerouac showed us the ugly side of a love affair with booze, just to name a few.  There is a brewery in Maryland named Flying Dog that has taken this relationship to new levels. Its not hard to see just by looking at their bottles. Wild Gonzo art and a quote from it’s master adorn every bottle they sell and a First Amendment battle was fought for four long years just to have a certain phrase printed on it’s bottles of Road dog Porter. In a day and age were most breweries are only using super models or stereotypical types to hock their brews it’s refreshing to see a company taking the road less traveled and taking a stand to promote literacy and tossing a blazing middle finger in the face of the man.  I decided to take the time to see why this was. So I sent out a  query and a few questions to see where they stood.
1. The first thing a person notices about your beer is the art on the
label and the “‘Good people drink good beer” quote from Hunter S.
Thompson. Could you please explain why the quote is on your bottles
and how you got Ralph Steadman to Illustrate them?
FD- Hunter S. Thompson met Ralph Steadman at the Kentucky Derby in 1970.  HST was looking around for an artist to do a Derby article for Scanlan’s with him.  HST wanted someone with a peculiar sense of humor, because it was going to be a really twisted story.  HST felt that it would require somebody with a “serious kink in his brain”.  Sanclan’s editor, Warren Hinckle knew just the person – Ralph Steadman, who was then working for Private Eye in London.  HST relates the entire story in the interview “A Conversation on Ralph Steadman and His Book, America, with Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”.
HST’s article on the Kentucky Derby is titled “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved”.
Ralph would visit HST at his “fortified compound” Owl Farm in Woody Creek, CO and on one of his visits he met HST’s landlord, neighbor and friend, George Stranahan.
In 1994, Flying Dog Brewery (then called Broadway Brewing) was founded in Denver, CO.
In 1996, HST asked Ralph, on behalf of George Stranahan, if we would do label art of Flying Dog’s Doggie Style Pale Ale and the Road Dog Porter.
Ralph did, we all loved the art, and Ralph has been gracious enough to do label art for Flying Dog ever since.  I think he has around 19 labels for Flying Dog.
2. You had a four year legal battle to print  “good beer no shit” on
the Road Dog porters. Could you elaborate on this?
FD- Ralph was painting the Road Dog for the BBC and apparently because Ralph has his own lifestyle flamboyance the words “Good Beer.  No Shit.” Because he could do it right on BBC television.  It was probably related to the essay that HST wrote for the launch of Road Dog.  At the end of HST’s essay, he quoted an ancient Celtic axiom that “Good people drink good beer.  Just look around any public barroom and you will see: Bad people drink bad beer.  Think about it.”
And so, Ralph was delighted that he was going to be able to put that wonderful word “Shit” not only on the label but in his handwriting on the BBC.  He was going to show the stuffy BBC a thing or two by splashing the word “shit” across his art.
We put took Ralph’s art and put it on the Road Dog beer.  The state of Colorado called it obscenity and made us pull the beer off the market.
We then reprinted the label with “Good Beer. No Censorship”.
In the meantime, the ACLU’s Mark Silverstein, took on the case.  So why would the ACLU take on this kind of case?  When Mark Silverstein announced the ACLU victory over the liquor board he said “You may wonder why it seemed important to the ACLU to take on what might appear as a sophomoric kind of joke, the capacity to put the word “shit” on a beer label.  It might not seem to be the most important first amendment case that we could have taken on.  Let me tell you why the ACLU thought it was significant to take on the case.  When it comes to the First Amendment you have to smell the smoke come under the door before the fire gets here because if there’s smoke coming out of the door is the fire is behind it and we felt that “good beer, no shit” was not sophomoric, that it was true smoke under the door and we had to defend it.”
3. You are obviously lover’s of literature at Flying Dog. Could you
please tell us some of your favorite authors?
FD-Hunter S. Thompson
Ayn Rand
Robert Heinlein
William S. Burroughs
Jack Kerouac
Cory Doctorow
Ralph Steadman  (The Joke’s Over, Tales of the Weird, Untrodden Grapes, The Grapes of Ralph)
4. What it is your favorite memory of Hunter S. Thompson? I understand
he was a good friend of the brewery, correct?
FD-HST was a friend of George Stranahan, Flying Dog’s founder, for more than 40 years.  Our focus going forward is on how to preserve HST’s legacy of fighting against all forms of authoritarianism; genuine reporting – Gonzo or otherwise – and truth in the media; and political activism – there’s nothing more effective than marching on city hall.  Flying Dog is working with Anita Thompson, HST’s widow and the Gonzo Foundation, to preserve what HST stood for.
To learn more about Flying Dog go visit there site http://www.flyingdogales.com/
Crushing Kerouac
It recently came to our attention here a Beatdom that our very own Edaurdo Jones’s grandfather actually played High school football against Jack Kerouac. It’s an actual historical fact go look it up. So we got Gramps to sit down and answer some questions about playing football against one of America’s most influential authors.
Beatdom; So is it true you played High school football against Jack Kerouac?
GJ; It sure is.
Beatdom; Do you think you could tell us about it?
GJ; It’s been many years since I took to the grid iron against Jack “Twinkle Toes” Kerouac on a blistering cold November day in 1937, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was the starting Quarterback for Punchard High in Andover Massachusetts and old Twinkle Toes played half back for Lowell High school. I remember the wind was blowing 50 MPH in both directions that day as we took the field to do battle like gladiators in the golden autumn sun.
They called me Billy Banana’s back in those days due to the fact I’d slip past the defense men like a banana peel on freshly waxed floor.  Lowell’s defense might as well have been cooking French fries with boxing gloves on during this game. They’d zig and I’d zag in the pocket. I remember hurling a 99 yard hail Mary straight into “Sticky hands” Lynch’s  numbers just before half time. Tying the game at 49-49. I ran 5 of the 7 touchdown we scored in myself through the 3 feet of snow that had fallen on the field in a freak blizzard that struck the area that day.
Beatdom; Wow! They didn’t call the game on account of snow?
GJ; Jesus no! We were real men in those days. We didn’t have all those pansy pads and stuff they wear now a days. All we had was a leather helmet to keep your brains from flying out your ears if you got hit too hard. Snow was nothing to us.
Beatdom; Could you tell us little bit about Kerouac on the field.
GJ: Old Twinkle toes was a thing of beauty on the field. He’d bound over tacklers like a mountain goat scaling a cliff. He was like a run away locomotive once he got some momentum.  He was dirty bastard in the bottom of the dog pile though. He once bit a linebacker right in the family jewels fighting over the pigskin in the bottom of the pile. He’d always be gauging eyes and throwing kidney punches or giving somebody fish hooks.
Beatdom; That’s rather un sportsman like conduct.
GJ; Maybe to a generation of panty wastes like you. But to real men that’s the way you play in the bottom of the pile. Victory by any means!
Beatdom; So you didn’t mind Kerouac’s dirty tactics?
GJ; Hell no! We respected him more for it!
Beatdom; I’m finding it kind of hard to believe Kerouac was such a viscous menace after reading his books.
GJ; He was a beast and a man’s man until he moved to NYC and linked up with that God damn no good Beatnik Allen what ever the hell his name is and he started filling his head up with that love peace and happiness crapola!
Beatdom; Let’s get back to the subject of the game.  Who ended winning?
GJ; We did of course! Old Twinkle Toes played a good game but he was no match for us. Final score was 125-121.
Beatdom; Isn’t that kind of a high score for a football game?
GJ; Not when real men are playing, and not some sissy boys running around with 50 pounds of protective gear!

So early this morning on a warm spring day I set out on the road with my grandfather to pay my respects to one of the greatest American author’s who ever lived.  It was kind of ironic because I’d never been before, but I used to work at the cemetery Kerouac is buried in. I would hang the Christmas decorations at the chapel in Edson Cemetery just yards from his grave for a couple years straight. Without ever knowing one of my heroes laid only a short distance away. It’s kind of sad to see one of the greatest contributors to American literature is only honored with a small plaque on the ground. A few joints and a pair of sunglasses laid on the stone. I left a copy of Issue 5 said my peace and left with more inspiration than I’ve felt in years.

For Gramps it was a different sort of experience it saddened him to see Jack was only honored with a paupers stone. However it did spark an interest into Kerouac’s life and he’s buried himself  in the pages of another copy of Beatdom Issue 5 reading about the battle for Jack’s estate. It was a trip that somehow has brought the two of us closer together.

Directions to Kerouac’s resting place.

Directions to Edson Cemetery Office at 1375 Gorham Street

Off of 495 or Route 3 take the Lowell Connector exit
Off of the Connector take exit 5A, South Lowell
Follow the ramp onto Gorham Street
Follow road, once you go under the black “Prince Spaghettiville” bridge you will start to see Cemeteries on your right hand side.
We are the last one on the right.  You will see a fork in the road with a Citgo gas station; we are on the right BEFORE the fork in the road.  The office is a small white cottage right at the main entrance to Edson Cemetery.

Directions to Jack Kerouac’s grave

Enter the cemetery through the main gate off of Gorham Street.  You will be on 3rd Avenue.  Continue down 3rd Avenue and take a left onto Lincoln Avenue.  After you pass 7th Avenue pull over to the right side of the road.  Jack’s grave will be on the passenger’s side of the car.  He only has aflat marker.  He is buried in the Eisentraut family lot.  Look for that monument and walk towards it.  Jack’s marker is about 10 feet before the marker.

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That’s right we are proud to present Beatdom Issue 6. Available @ Beatdom.com and LULU.com. As always downloads are free and hard copies are reasonably priced. Issue 6 features my newest piece LSD 25000, a previously unpublished short story by Aleene Lee or as many of you know better as mardou Fox from Kerouac’s the subterraneans  , as well as interview with UK hip hop sensation Scrooobius Pip, poetry from our resident poet Kyle Chase, and essays on travel. Go get it tomorrow it’s a not to be missed issue.