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Kerouac’s 95th birthday celebrated in his hometown

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

LOWELL, Mass. — Fans of Jack Kerouac celebrated what would have been the Beat Generation writer’s 95th birthday in his hometown.

The “On the Road” author was born in Lowell, Mass., on March 12, 1922. The city threw him a party Saturday, the day before his actual birthday.

Things kicked off with a public tour of Pollard Library, which is said to have played a pivotal role in shaping the young Kerouac’s literary consciousness and ambitions.

That was followed by a presentation and discussion of some of Kerouac’s more obscure works. The festivities concluded with a “Happy Birthday Jack!” concert at Zorba’s Music Hall featuring the Neverly Brothers band.

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