On the Road

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On the Road

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1MichaelMenche
apr 10, 2007, 2:26pm

In 1972 a 17-year-old named Jean-Louis Aubert and his childhood friend Olivier “Olive” Caudron left Paris to travel across the U.S. Energized by American and British rock groups (there were no such bands in France), the two hitchhiked with their guitars, dreaming of mingling with hippies and anarchists, and soaking up the magic that would make them great musicians. Perhaps they would even be discovered.

In the streets, to earn money, they strummed and sang songs by The Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills & Nash, joined often by the locals. For five months they crossed the country without staying in a motel, winding up in San Francisco, where they saw Jefferson Airplane in concert before returning to Paris.

Aubert later said that the journey was an initiation. He had taken the risk and he had had a vision—to write rock songs in French, which no one had done. The poetry of the voyage was his inspiration. And he had read Jack Kerouac’s On the Road...

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2Tim_Watkinson
maj 23, 2007, 10:54am

too funny. i did that same trip. well, ok, not from paris, but from upstate new york to just about everywhere. i remember several mornings when we'd wake up (me and my gal or my dog or a friend or my gal and my dog or my dog and my friend or you get the pic).
everybody was hitchhiking across everywhere by the early 70's, all of us carrying guitars and chessboards and reading everything by every beat author and more.
i wish i could remember half of it.

3bleuroses
maj 23, 2007, 12:04pm

I was 'on the road' from 1981 to about 2002 - by plane, train, motorcycle, ship, tuk-tuk and a vwbus...books and wonderment being the inspiration.

Jack had something to do with it too.

4MichaelMenche
maj 29, 2007, 12:54pm

Wow, the mystic pilgrimages... Jean-Louis Aubert, a very popular rock singer in France (kind of like Sting), was so moved by On the Road that when he played a small concert in Denver in 2005 (he'd traveled through in 1972 during his first voyage) he brought his old paperback with him...