Viva Editions, "One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road" Shares the Secret History Behind the Film

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US Premiere of Beat Classic On the Road at the Christopher B. Smith San Rafael Film Center on October 4th at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

On the Road

One and Only is a beautifully conceived, edited, and written book…I’m convinced it is the most important addition to Beat scholarship since Nicosia’s Memory Babe.—The Beatnik Blog

Beat fever is heating up! Our groundbreaking book ONE AND ONLY by Gerald Nicosia and Anne Marie Santos, revealing the until now unknown back story behind On the Road, continues to get stellar mentions. Learn what was really going on in advance the US premiere at the Christopher B. Smith San Rafael Film Center on October 4th.

Lu Anne Henderson was a beautiful 15-year-old girl in Denver in 1946 when she met Neal Cassady, fast-talking hurricane of male sexuality and vast promises. He told her he was going to enroll in Columbia to become a writer. He did marry her and took her to New York, but stole her uncle’s car to get there. Although Neal never made it into a classroom, they were soon hanging out with many would-be writers, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. Lu Anne became the secret link between Kerouac and Cassady, helping to ignite the Beat Generation, and giving Kerouac material for one of the seminal novels of the twentieth century, On the Road.

“New insider account of the creative forces of the movement that rocked America in the late 1950s. … In the end, this bold, confidential look presents Henderson as a sturdy survivor in the bohemian movement, which evaporated swiftly but whose influence persists.”—Publishers Weekly

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