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Subject: About the Beatniks: How can I learn about them?

Written By: LooseBolt on 03/03/18 at 11:26 am

I'm really fascinated by countercultures of all kinds, as I'm sure some of you are aware. I know Jack Kerouac's On the Road is considered a Bible of sorts for the Beat generation, but beyond that I'm a little lost. What were they into? Were they jazz enthusiasts? Were they political? Please let me know if there are any works I should be checking out that were contemporary with the Beats, and especially if you can think of any cultural history books that cover the Beat generation. Thanks!

Subject: Re: About the Beatniks: How can I learn about them?

Written By: AndrewShannon on 03/03/18 at 12:32 pm

I'm very interested in them as well. Only thing I know is that my grandpa says that when he was a teen in the 50s, there were beret-wearing, black clad beatniks in a coffee shop reciting philosophical and/or depressing poetry.

Subject: Re: About the Beatniks: How can I learn about them?

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 05/05/18 at 10:45 pm

Read Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl".  By the way, Ginsberg is the one called "Carlo Marx" in "On The Road".

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