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On The Lowell Beat: My Times with Jack Kerouac

by Billy Koumantzelis

A Spoken Word CD album containing 29 biographical and autobiographical stories about Jack Kerouac narrated by his close friend and personal bodyguard, Billy Koumantzelis of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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1. Meeting Jack Kerouac
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2. Jack Kerouac at the Housing Project Party
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3. Jack Kerouac at Nicky’s Bar and The SAC Club
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4. Jack Kerouac and the Koumantzelis Kids
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5. Housebound Jack Kerouac
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6. Jack Kerouac Escapes to Belvidere
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7. Jack Kerouac Disturbing the Peace and In Protective Custody / A Friendly Scuffle
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8. Jack Kerouac in Trouble at Omar’s Pool Hall
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9. Jack Kerouac Performing Shakespeare on Stage at Nicky’s Bar
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10. Jack Kerouac and Paul Bourgeois
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11. Jack Kerouac Spends the Night at the Home of Billy Koumantzelis
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12. Jack Kerouac’s Morning Beer Shot
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13. Jack Kerouac’s Fascination
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14. Jack Kerouac and Mousey at The SAC Club
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15. Jack Kerouac’s Friend and Chaperone: Joe Chaput
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16. Jack Kerouac’s Flying Bottle of Beer
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17. Jack Kerouac Out Drinking
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18. Jack Kerouac Singing at Chuck’s Bar on Moody Street
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19. Jack Kerouac at The Celebrity Lounge
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20. Jack Kerouac’s Ten Thousand Dollar Paper Aeroplanes
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21. Jack Kerouac and King at the Koumantzelis Home: Blood on the Book!
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22. Jack Kerouac’s Kinky Side and Religious Nature
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23. Jack Kerouac on Firing Line: Introduction
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24. Jack Kerouac on ‘The William Buckley Show’: Introduction
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25. Jack Kerouac’s Haircut / The West End Bar / In New York City with Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Truman Capote, and Ed Sanders
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26. Jack Kerouac in a New York City Jazz Club and The Black Hooker / Getting Thrown-Out of the Lexington Avenue Restaurant and The Delmonico Hotel / Meeting-Up with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Herbert Huncke
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27. Corrections by Billy Koumantzelis
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28. Jack Kerouac’s Famous Farewell / Shooting Beans at Rochette’s Beanery
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29. Jack Kerouac’s Head-Standing Asana / Final Words of Billy Koumantzelis
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Billy Koumantzelis was a close friend to, and the personal bodyguard of, the famous modern American author, Jack Kerouac. Billy was born on March 26, 1926 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and he grew up in the same neighborhood as Jack Kerouac, who he befriended even moreso between the years of 1959 and 1969 when Jack lived off and on in Lowell. Jack played on the Lowell High School football team as well as the Lowell High School track team with Billy's older brother, Johnny Koumantzelis who was one of Jack's closest friends on and off the field during his high school days. Johnny died tragically during World War Two, and Jack was very devastated over the loss of his close, personal friend who he always remembered and wrote about in a few of his books. ... Billy grew to appreciate Jack's love of friends, family, and home town in the years he spent together with Jack in close proximity with other friends and family in Lowell - even though he was not one to fall all over him or read his books like others did. Their friendship was based on a mutual trust in each other as well as a shared love of jazz music and sports. Their mutual admiration for each other was sincere and obvious to all around. Billy loved Jack like a brother, treasured the fact that Jack honored and loved his own brother John, and enjoyed Jack's company in a way that was based upon a shared love of life, friends, and family. Indeed, Jack became part of Billy's extended family, even sleeping in his home many times, and Billy was always considered one of Jack's closest companions and a member of his personal, inner circle of human contacts. Basically, Billy and Jack were good buddies! ... Billy still lives in Lowell, still thinks back warmly on the times he spent together with Jack, and is always open to other writers and researchers who come to him to question him in order to learn more about Jack Kerouac. Jack Kerouac was one of Billy Koumantzelis's closest friends, and he misses him dearly till this day.


On The Lowell Beat: My Times with Jack Kerouac
– Billy Koumantzelis

CREDITS:

Front Cover Photograph – Photographer unknown. Photograph in the personal family archives of William G. Koumantzelis

Back Cover Photograph – David Brow. Photograph of Jack Kerouac’s body being carried out by friends and family from the Archambault Funeral Home in Lowell, Massachusetts on October 24, 1969 taken by Mr. David Brow, photographer for The Lowell Sun. Photograph Copyright ©1969 David Brow (All Rights Reserved). Photograph used by permission courtesy of the photographer.

CD Face Photograph – David Brow. Computer color manipulation by George Nicholas Koumantzelis, Aeolian Photographic Works.

CD Production and Art Design – George Nicholas Koumantzelis of Aeolian Music Works in Wamesit.

CD Inner Jacket Photographs – Photographers unknown. All personal photographs taken by members of the family of Billy Koumantzelis. All photographs Copyright ©2010 William G. Koumantzelis (All Rights Reserved). All other photographs in the personal family archives of William G. Koumantzelis.

Original Recording – Original, stereo, 2-track, normal bias, analog, magnetic, cassette tape, home-recording recorded at 1 7/8th ips with no noise reduction by Billy Koumantzelis and Genevieve Regan at the homes of Billy Koumantzelis and Genevieve Regan and out in the field.

CD Recording – Original analog cassette tape engineered, mixed, mastered, and transferred onto digital hard disc at 96 kHz (sampling rate a second) / 24 Bit (digital binary word length) by George Nicholas Koumantzelis at Aeolia Recording Studio in Wamesit.

Acknowledgments – Mr. Willie Loco Boom Boom Alexander, the spirit of Steve Allen, Mr. David Amram, Mr. G.J. Apostolos, Aztec Two-Step, BEAR (Mr. Owsley Stanley), The Beatles, Mr. Adrian Belew, the spirit of Paul Bourgeois, Mr. Stewart Brand, The Brata Art Gallery, Mr. Douglas Brinkley, Mr. David Brow, Mr. Rodger Brunelle, the spirit of Lord Buckley, the spirit of William Burroughs, Ms. Nancy Bump, Mr. James Campanini, the spirit of Lucien Carr, Mr. Lawrence Carradini, Ms. Carolyn Cassady, the spirit of Neal Cassady, the spirit of Joe Chaput, Mr. Phil Chaput, Ms. Ann Charters, City Lights Books, the spirit of Duke Chiungos, CoEvolution Quarterly, the spirit of Gregory Corso, Chuck’s Bar, the spirit of Robert Creeley, C-SPAN, Mr. James Curtis, Mr. George DeLuca, Dharma Beat, all Dharma Sadhus everywhere, The Delmonico Hotel, Mr. Alex Demas, Mr. Johnny Depp, Ms. Diane diPrima, Mr. Bob Dylan, East West Journal, Mr. Steve Edington, Edson Cemetary, Mr. Jay Farrar, Mr. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Mr. Brian Foye, Furthur (Neil’s Magic Bus), the spirit of Jerry Garcia, Mr. Henry Garrity, the spirit of Peter “Mousey” Georgakakos, the spirit of Allen Ginsberg, The Grateful Dead, Mr. Andre Gregory, Coach George Haggerty, the spirit of Howard Hart, Mr. Greg Hemmings, Ms. Hilary Holliday, the spirit of Herbert Huncke, Mr. Robert Hunter, Ms. Anna Jabar, the spirit of Jack Kerouac, the spirit of Jan Kerouac, The Jack Kerouac Commemorative at Kerouac Park, Jack Kerouac Coffeehouse Poetry Readings, the Estate of Stella Kerouac, the spirit of our beloved dog “King,” Mr. Paul Kapetanopoulos, the spirit of Ken Kesey, the spirit of Mrs. Claire Koumantzelis, the spirit of Johnny Koumantzelis, Mr. Nicholas Koumantzelis, La Boniche Bistro, the spirit of Philip Lamantia, Mr. John Lang, the spirit of John Lennon, Mr. Ted Leonsis, Mr. Phil Lesh, Mr. Sterling Lord, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, Lowell City Council, Lowell High School, The Lowell Sun, Mr. Ray Manzarek, Mr. Paul Marion, Mr. Bob Martin, Mr. Brent Mason, Mr. Michael McClure, Mr. Dennis McNally, Ms. Natalie Merchant, the mighty Merrimack River, The Merry Pranksters, Moody Street Irregulars, the spirit of Dody Muller, Nicky’s Bar, Mr. Gerald Nicosia, The Old Worthen, the “On The Road” Scroll exhibit, Omar’s Pool Hall, Mr. Peter Orlovsky, Mr. Dave Perry, Ms. Genevieve Regan, the spirit of Kenneth Rexroth, Mr. Dave Robbins, Rochette’s Beanery, Rolling Stone, Rykodisc, The SAC Club, Mrs. Betty Sampas, the spirit of Charles “Sampas Scoopies” Sampas, Mr. Jim Sampas, Mr. John Sampas, the spirit of Michael Sampas, the spirit of Sebastian Sampas, the spirit of Mrs. Stella Sampas Kerouac, the spirit of Tony Sampas, Mr. Tony M. Sampas, Mr. Ed Sanders, Mr. Richard Scott, Ms. Patti Smith, Mr. Gary Snyder, Sourdough Mountain Desolation Peak Lookout Point of the Upper Skagit in Marblemount, Washington, Mr. John Suiter, Sundance Café, the spirit of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Ms. Suzanne deLesdernier Tremblay, the spirit of Paul Tsongas, Mr. Don Van Vliet (“Captain Beefheart”), Mr. Tom Waits, Ms. Anne Waldman, Ms. Helen Weaver, Mr. Bob Weir, West End Bar, the spirit of Philip Whalen, Whole Earth Catalog, Mr. Ben Woitena, the spirit of our lovely “Yiayia” Georgia Koumantzelis, and the spirit of Charles. E. Ziavras.

Comments –

“Billy Koumantzelis has stories about Kerouac which are priceless and which he tells as only he can tell them. Since I met Billy in Lowell, I have always considered myself lucky to know him. He helped me to understand Jack and Lowell in a whole new way, long after the twelve years I knew and collaborated with Jack from 1956 to 1969. Billy is one of the last primary sources of priceless information concerning where Jack came from. Everyone’s strength and character comes from their roots. To understand Kerouac fully, you have to know about his years in his hometown of Lowell. Billy Koumantzelis is the tour guide for that, and now you can join him to learn more.” – David Amram, Jack Kerouac’s lifelong musical collaborator. (http://www.davidamram.com/kerouac.html)

“Spending time with Mr. Koumantzelis while filming our Kerouac episode of Grave Concerns was such an honour! He is a direct link, an unpretentious ‘tell it like it is’ chronicler of Kerouac’s later years in Lowell. Billy Koumantzelis is a stand up guy, probably one of the few people Jack felt he could actually trust.” – Brent Mason, host of ‘Grave Concerns’ / Jack Kerouac episode. (http://www.hemmingshousepictures.com/hemmings/1265/Television-Screening-Room)

The Stories –

01. Meeting Jack Kerouac (05:04)
02. Jack Kerouac at the Housing Project Party (03:25)
03. Jack Kerouac at Nicky’s Bar and The SAC Club (01:11)
04. Jack Kerouac and the Koumantzelis Kids (01:31)
05. Housebound Jack Kerouac (02:17)
06. Jack Kerouac Escapes to Belvidere (01:12)
07. Jack Kerouac Disturbing the Peace and In Protective Custody / A Friendly Scuffle (02:50)
08. Jack Kerouac in Trouble at Omar’s Pool Hall (01:56)
09. Jack Kerouac Performing Shakespeare on Stage at Nicky’s Bar (01:41)
10. Jack Kerouac and Paul Bourgeois (02:04)
11. Jack Kerouac Spends the Night at the Home of Billy Koumantzelis (03:26)
12. Jack Kerouac’s Morning Beer Shot (00:24)
13. Jack Kerouac’s Fascination (00:43)
14. Jack Kerouac and Mousey at The SAC Club (03:06)
15. Jack Kerouac’s Friend and Chaperone: Joe Chaput (01:24)
16. Jack Kerouac’s Flying Bottle of Beer (01:39)
17. Jack Kerouac Out Drinking (00:13)
18. Jack Kerouac Singing at Chuck’s Bar on Moody Street (01:15)
19. Jack Kerouac at The Celebrity Lounge (01:10)
20. Jack Kerouac’s Ten Thousand Dollar Paper Aeroplanes (01:56)
21. Jack Kerouac and King at the Koumantzelis Home: Blood on the Book! (01:57)
22. Jack Kerouac’s Kinky Side and Religious Nature (01:12)
23. Jack Kerouac on Firing Line: Introduction (00:20)
24. Jack Kerouac on ‘The William Buckley Show’: Introduction (00:09)
25. Jack Kerouac’s Haircut / The West End Bar / In New York City with Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Truman Capote, and Ed Sanders (05:02)
26. Jack Kerouac in a New York City Jazz Club and The Black Hooker / Getting Thrown-Out of the Lexington Avenue Restaurant and The Delmonico Hotel / Meeting-Up with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Herbert Huncke (09:12)
27. Corrections by Billy Koumantzelis (00:43)
28. Jack Kerouac’s Famous Farewell / Shooting Beans at Rochette’s Beanery (00:56)
29. Jack Kerouac’s Head-Standing Asana / Final Words of Billy Koumantzelis (01:00)

TOTAL TIME – 59:16


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Brian Foye

Best Spoken Word Album of 2010!
This is by far the best oral history/spoken word artifact to ever come out of the huge treasure trove of Beat Americana. Put on this CD and you'll hear Billy's voice in all it's pure Lowell cadences, and amidst all the anecdotes and travails you'll hear Billy's love and admiration for Kerouac. Probably better than all the Kerouac biographies put together.
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