Jean Shepherd Reads Jean Shepherd 1974 – Past Daily Pop Chronicles: Merry Christmas Edition
Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Jean Shepherd Show – WOR – December 24, 1974 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
When you consider that Jean Shepherd was more closely associated with the Beat Generation poets than say, Norman Rockwell, the notion that A Christmas Story, the movie that has become a staple in our seasonal culture diet, is something of an anomaly, and further evidence that subtle is often times beautiful.
Originally a short story from his collection In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, the opening chapter Duel In The Snow originally appeared in Playboy in October 1966. The story then went on to become the basis for A Christmas Story -and the rest is history.
But here is that original story, as read by the inimitable Jean Shepherd himself on Christmas Eve 1974.
The season is upon us – big time.