Alley Oops #65: “The Last Road Trip”

Jack Kerouac’s favorite bar here in St. Petersburg was The Flamingo. On a side wall is a mural depicting Jack playing pool against a background image of his book, “On the Road.”

In the front is a framed picture of Jack.

The hospital where he died is 10 blocks away.

“Cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse was considered the primary cause of death, although a bar fight he had been involved in several weeks earlier may have had a contributing effect. He was only 47 when he died, a peculiar martyr to his own success.”

“I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.”

BONUS:

Steve Allen plays the blues while Jack Kerouac reads from “On the Road.” He seems sober and does a good job, I think, enunciating the poetic rhythms of the prose.

6 min 51 sec

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[a Monday sampling of signs, murals, graffiti]

Off the Road

The curious occasionally wander by Jack Kerouac’s old house and snap a picture with their cell phone.

This is where he was living with his mother when he died from liver cirrhosis on Oct. 21, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

St. Pete Times photo –

Below, a dedicated pilgrim stoops down ‘on the road’ to take a sidewalk-level picture with small camera.

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