LOWELL, Mass., Oct. 4, 2021 – Actor, Author & Podcaster Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos, The Many Saints of Newark, Talking Sopranos), is attached to host and serve as executive producer for a new podcast series, KEROUAC AND ME, in partnership with The Jack Kerouac Estate and New York Times bestselling authors Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman.
The series, based on the writings of the legendary Beat Generation wordsmith, will be an an immersive, uber-personal journey inside the souls of some of our greatest icons in music, film, television, literature, politics, sports, business and more, all of whom will share in-depth stories of how the iconic novelist and culture-shifting writer inspired their work. KEROUAC AND ME will also serve as the platform to premiere newly unearthed, never-before-heard audio recordings of Jack Kerouac at the height of his creative powers.
“Jack Kerouac changed my life,” says celebrated actor/artist Michael Imperioli, who began devouring Jack’s prose as a teenager. With his deep knowledge of Kerouac’s work, Imperioli will provide the authentic voice to propel the podcast forward with a mix of interviews with renowned influencers and anecdotal stories about his own journey as an artist. Imperioli is known to audiences around the world for his portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti in the legendary HBO series The Sopranos, and now can be heard on the big screen as the narrator for the critically praised film drama, The Many Saints of Newark. Imperioli is also the co-host of the smash hit podcast Talking Sopranos, which now has more than 9 million listeners worldwide.
Imperioli is also the author of the gripping novel The Perfume Burned His Eyes.
KEROUAC AND ME was created by New York Times bestselling authors Dave Wedge and Casey Sherman under their Fort Point Media banner in partnership with The Jack Kerouac Estate. Wedge and Sherman have co-authored five books together and are the hosts of the true crime podcast “Saints, Sinners and Serial Killers.” The new podcast will be co-produced by Fort Point Media and Sal Paradise Media, a content development arm of the Jack Kerouac Estate that includes music and film producer Jim Sampas, who is the estate’s literary executor, and music industry veteran and content creator Sylvia Cunha.
The group will focus on bringing Kerouac’s legend to new audiences via podcasts, as well as other mediums, beginning with a three-season, 10-episode podcast based on Kerouac’s “Belief and Technique of Modern Prose.” The team is building out the show and plans episodes with a wide variety of A-list musicians, writers, actors and others who have been influenced by Kerouac’s writings.
Sherman and Wedge have penned five bestsellers together, including "Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy," which was adapted for the 2017 hit film, "Patriots Day" starring Mark Wahlberg; "12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady's Fight for Redemption"; "Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America's Most Wanted Crime Boss"; and "The Last Days of John Lennon," a true crime recounting of the assassination of the Beatles icon, which they co-wrote with James Patterson. Sherman was the co-author of "The Finest Hours," which became a hit Disney film starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.
The acclaimed projects that Sampas has been involved in producing have included the film “Big Sur”, along with such celebrated artists and actors as Sam Shepard, Ben Harper, Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder, Kate Bosworth, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Sufjan Stevens, and many others.
The producers are in discussions with several networks for distribution. For more information on Wedge and Sherman, visit www.fortpointmedia.com. To learn more about the Kerouac estate, visit www.jackkerouac.com
About Fort Point Media
New York Times bestselling authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge are one of the premier nonfiction writing teams in the industry. Together, they co-wrote the definitive story of the Boston Marathon bombings in “Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy,” which was adapted for the 2017 Mark Wahlberg film “Patriots Day.” They also wrote “Ice Bucket Challenge: Pete Frates and the Fight against ALS”; the New York Times bestseller, “12: The Inside Story of Tom Brady’s Fight for Redemption,” which is in development as a feature film; “Hunting Whitey: The Inside Story of the Capture and Killing of America’s Most Wanted Crime Boss,” which is in development as a limited series with Terence Winter (“Wolf of Wall Street,” “Boardwalk Empire”) and director Brad Furman (“City of Lies”); and “The Last Days of John Lennon,” which they wrote with James Patterson. Sherman also co-wrote “The Finest Hours” book, which was the basis of the 2016 Walt Disney film starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck.
Season One of their podcast “Saints, Sinners and Serial Killers” launched in March 2021 and Season Two launched in September 2021 via the Muddhouse Media network.
Sherman has written 15 books and is a veteran investigative TV producer and journalist who has written for Time, The Washington Post, Esquire, FoxNews.com, Huffington Post, The Boston Herald, and Boston magazine. Wedge has written six books and was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Boston Herald for 14 years. He has also written for VICE, Esquire, Newsweek and Boston magazine.
About Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac was an American novelist, poet, and icon of the Beat movement whose most famous book, On The Road (1957), still has broad cultural influence. In his work, he challenged conventional form and was part of the most important literary and artistic movement of the 1950s.
About Sal Paradise Media
Sal Paradise Media is the content development arm of the Jack Kerouac Estate. Its goal is to keep Jack’s spirit alive for future generations.
The Los Angeles Times has called Sal Paradise Media co-founder Jim Sampas "the thinking person's producer [who has a] reputation for sticking out of the pack." He has produced numerous projects receiving coverage in such major news outlets as People, Newsweek, CNN, The New York Times, Time, The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Rolling Stone. His projects have appeared on such radio programs as National Public Radio's “Weekend Edition,” “Morning Edition,” “Here and Now,” “All Things Considered,” Westwood One's “Jim Bohannon Show,” and “Voice of America.”
Sal Paradise Media co-founder Sylvia Cunha is a music industry professional with over 20 years of experience in marketing, promotions, and event creation. She has worked with many well-known bands, festivals, and venues. Her main focus has always been to connect fans with artists, authors, personalities, and brands through unique experiences. Sylvia currently handles all aspects of marketing and development for the Jack Kerouac Estate.