Thursday, October 13, 2011

People that Kerouac Influenced

This literary work by Kerouac has been a huge influence on many poets, writers, actors and musicians, which include Bob DylanJim MorrisonHunter S. Thompson, and many more. Bob Dylan stated: "It changed my life like it changed everyone else's". He also influenced two great American photographers: Robert Frank and Stephen Shore. Kerouac wrote the introduction to The Americans, which is Frank's most notable work, which earned him comparisons to a modern-day "de Tocqueville". Kerouac influenced Shore, who set out on an American road trip in the 1970s with Kerouac's book as a guide. Hunter S. Thompson's road novel, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, would be hard to imagine had On the Road not laid down the template - just like films such as Easy RiderParis, Texas, and Thelma and Louise.
-Ali M.


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