Johnny Depp does a little Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 2, 2009
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Just tripped across these two vids while I was writing a little blog about my namesake, Philip Whalen.

“…An excerpt from the film the United States of Poetry by Washington Square Films. 2006.

Johnny Depp reading Jack Kerouac. The first line is Ginsberg’s America, the rest is Depp reading Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues Chorus 113″

Sitting in the control room of a radio station and smoking a cigarette is a long-haired, quiet, intense young man. The lights blink ON AIR ON AIR, and then switch to KEROUAC KEROUAC. And indeed the words are from the author of On the Road, and here the voice breaks into the jazz poems of Kerouac’s Mexico City Blues, perhaps the greatest volume of straight-out jazz poetry ever written. And the man who’s reading them, in a gently-inflected smoke-tinged voice, is JOHNNY DEPP, who, when not starring in movies, is an avid Kerouac fan and scholar. “



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Johnny Depp does a little Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.”

  1. Chris says:

    How about a little revisionist history?…I was friends with your mother long before her last name was Lewis and I’m pretty sure that she had Waylon Jennings in mind when when it came time to name the new baby boy. No matter, Phil Whalen was a great man too…

  2. admin says:

    Has everything my mamma told me all lies? Can I trust anyone? Ah, crisis of faith!

    All I know is what she’s told me, growing up…but my ma was a LA then Northwest well-educated hippie yogini…probably not listening to Waylon Jennings and the good ol’boys too much, still looks like I’ll take it up with her!

  3. Update: my dad says Waylon Jennings. My mom says Philip Whalen, they agreed on the name, nice compromise, but diff inspirations for both of them. Thanks, Chris.

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