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The Beat Generation FAQ : All That’s Left to Know About the Angelheaded Hipsters

Weidman, Rich
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (Backbeat Books)
Published: October 27, 2015
ISBN: 9781617136016
400 pages, black and white photographs throughout


The Beat Generation FAQE is an informative and entertaining look at the enigmatic authors and cutting-edge works that shaped this fascinating cultural and literary movement. Disillusioned with the repression and conformity encompassing post-World War II life in the United States the Beat writers sought creative alternatives to the mind-numbing banality of modern culture.THBeat Generation writers were no strangers to controversy: Both Allen Ginsberg’s prophetic William Blakean-style poem Howl (1956) and William S. Burroughs’ groundbreaking novel ENaked LunchE (1959) led to obscenity trials while Jack Kerouac’s highly influential novel EOn the RoadE (1957) was blamed by the establishment for corrupting the nation’s youth and continues to this day to serve as a beacon of hipster culture and the bohemian lifestyle.THThe Beat writers shared a vision for a new type of literature one that escaped the boundaries of academia and employed an organic use of language inspired by the spontaneity and improvisational nature of jazz music and abstract expressionism (Kerouac coined this writing style spontaneous prose ).

In search of deeper meaning Beat Generation writers experimented not only with language but also with spirituality art drugs sexuality and unconventional lifestyles. Although the movement as a whole flamed out quickly in the early 1960s replaced by the onset of the hippie counterculture the Beats made an indelible mark on the nation’s consciousness and left a long-lasting influence on its art and culture. This book details the movement a its works creative forces and its legacy.

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