Dennis McNally is the author of the forthcoming music history On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom (on sale October 14) on the development of African American music throughout the 20th century and its influence on abolition, civil rights, and interracial culture in the United States. He is the former publicist and authorized biographer of The Grateful Dead, as well as the author of the Jack Kerouac biography Desolate Angel: Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America


Not so long ago, some of Jack Kerouac’s books were out of print and rare as hen’s teeth. It’s a true measure of his permanence that scarcity is no longer a problem.

Life Lessons

Thirty-five years ago, Dennis McNally wrote a life of Beat icon Jack Kerouac. Looking back, he sees things in the book he’s proud of and a couple of things that make him wince.