Saturday, April 2, 2016

A TO Z CHALLENGE "B"

Day Two: "B" Stands for the Beat Generation.

 
The What Generation you ask? Or perhaps you've heard of it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"The Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post World War II era."
 
Now, I really knew nothing about the Beat Generation, even though I was a child of the 50s. It's interesting to me now to read about these ... shall I call them Rebels? They rejected standard narrative values, the spiritual quest, exploration of American and Eastern religions, and rejected materialism. They experimented with psychedelic drugs and liberation and exploration.
 
Who were they? To name a few: Allen Ginsberg who wrote Howl (1956), William S. Burroughs and his Naked Lunch (1959), Jack Kerouac and On the Road (1957). I haven't read any of those, have you?
 
Both Howl and Naked Lunch were the focus of obscenity trials that helped to liberalize publishing in the U. S.
 
The Beat Generation celebrated non-conformity and spontaneous creativity.
 
 
 

 
 




In the 1960s elements of the Beat movement became part of the hippie culture.

Another part of our history. And some people think history is boring.

Thanks for stopping by.
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27 comments:

  1. I am enjoying your theme Beverly, Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Thanks so much for your constant support, Yvonne. Have a great weekend too. I bought groceries so we can eat and relax and visit blogs. :)

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  2. Although I wasn't alive during the 50s, I know of the beat generation. They were sort of the Slam Poetry of their time. They did things like perform free-style poetry with a background of bongos in smoky bars and underground student hang-outs. No, I haven't read any literature from that time except SciFi by Asimov and Heinlein. Great post!

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    1. A great visual picture you've painted, Lexa. I can smell the smoke and hear the bongos. Thanks for a great comment. :)

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  3. Never read a one. Never even knew there was such a thing as the beat generation.

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    1. Well, you're young, Pat. Actually, I wasn't aware of it either in our town. We were more into the John Wayne westerns. :)

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  4. I've seen the movie Naked Lunch. One twisted weird film. Of course, it was directed by David Cronenberg who masters in weird films.

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    1. It all sounds rather weird to me, Alex. I led a very sheltered life in the 50s.

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  5. People I've heard about but not much more. They all seemed like a bunch of whiners to me.

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    1. Ha, ha, whiners is a good name, Sharon. I really don't know much about them either. Our part of the country wasn't that up to date. :)

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  6. I'm from San Francisco and have heard the Beat generation mentioned when hippie culture is brought up.

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    1. Yes, Cynthia, from what I read the beat generation led into the hippies. That's about all I know. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Interesting, Beverly, I've never heard of the Beat generation, but it seems the younger group are always non-conformist because they like the push the boundaries. Still do. Ha!

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    1. I hadn't either until I researched them, Janet. I don't imagine we had anyone involved in it in our area. You're right about younger people. They like to try new things.

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  8. I was born a little too late to be part of the Beat Generation but I loved them. Massive crush on Jack Kerouac. Sigh.

    Blogging the #AtoZchallenge: http://www.kathleenvalentineblog.com/

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    1. Ah, a fan, Kathleen. I didn't know enough about them to care one way or another. It seems they did some good, though. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I was born a little too late to be part of the Beat Generation but I loved them. Massive crush on Jack Kerouac. Sigh.

    Blogging the #AtoZchallenge: http://www.kathleenvalentineblog.com/

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    1. Hi Kathleen. I guess I should read about him, since I haven't. You make him sound really cool. On my list to find out more.

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  10. The Beatniks ruled. Wore black. Sandals, even in winter. Looked at the open road as the way to wisdom and freedom. Kerouac and Ferlinghetti were kings.

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    1. Ah, a California girl would know. :) Thanks for telling us more about them, lee. Fascinating.

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  11. Great post! I saw the movie Naked Lunch, but haven't read the book. On the Road has been on my list of books to read for a long time! Maybe this year. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks, Jess. I haven't seen the move or read the book. Maybe it's time for me too.

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  12. When I think of the Beat Generation I think of poets in smokey coffee houses and the audience snapping their fingers when they hear something they like. :-)

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    1. Vivid picture there, C R. I can even smell the smoke and coffee. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. I remember being fascinated by the Beat generation in college. I read Howl and I can't remember what else.

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    1. I haven't read any of it, Medeia, but must do so soon. In the area where I lived, we didn't know much about it, at least I didn't.

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  14. I remember when my sister and I used to sneak and read Henry Miller's books from my father's bookshelf. He never told us we couldn't read them. This was before we were in high school. On The Road by Keroac was a favorite. My older cousin posed as a beatnick for awhile, but she wasn't really. Finding Eliza

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