A report on Beat Generation

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
A section devoted to the beat generation at a bookstore in Stockholm, Sweden

Literary movement started by a group of authors whose work explored and influenced American culture and politics in the post-war era.

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Rolling Thunder Revue

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1975–1976 concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with numerous musicians and collaborators.

1975–1976 concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan with numerous musicians and collaborators.

Dylan with Allen Ginsberg on the Rolling Thunder Revue

Dylan, Beat Generation colleague Ginsberg and various band members visited Kerouac's gravesite.

Beat (2000 film)

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2000 American biographical drama film written and directed by Gary Walkow, and starring Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Norman Reedus, and Ron Livingston.

2000 American biographical drama film written and directed by Gary Walkow, and starring Courtney Love, Kiefer Sutherland, Norman Reedus, and Ron Livingston.

In 1944 New York City, beat writers and students Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr, William S. Burroughs, and David Kammerer all become acquainted with Joan Vollmer, a student at Barnard College.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles.

Eighth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles.

The group, with disc jockey Jim Stagg, while on their final tour in August 1966
Abbey Road Studio Two, where nearly every track on Sgt. Pepper was recorded
Abbey Road Studios (formerly EMI Studios) in 2005
One of EMI's Studer J37 four-track tape recorders, the machines used to record Sgt. Pepper
The Pablo Fanque Circus Royal poster from 1843 that inspired Lennon's lyrics to "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
Sgt. Pepper inner gatefold. McCartney (in blue) wears a badge on his left sleeve that bears the initials O.P.P. McCartney acquired the badge when the Beatles were on tour in Canada; the initials stand for "Ontario Provincial Police".
The Beatles at the Sgt. Pepper launch party, held at Brian Epstein's house on 19 May 1967
A hippie "flower power" bus (pictured in 2004). Sgt. Pepper conveyed the flower power ideology of 1967.
The album resonated with Vietnam War protestors at the 1967 "March on the Pentagon".
French horn players performing as "Sgt. Pepper's band" at Live 8 London in 2005
Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary billboard in London

American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg said of the album: "After the apocalypse of Hitler and the apocalypse of the Bomb, there was here an exclamation of joy, the rediscovery of joy and what it is to be alive."

The Source (1999 film)

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1999 documentary film directed by Chuck Workman.

1999 documentary film directed by Chuck Workman.

The film is about the Beat Generation and its impact on the counterculture movements from the 1960s-70s onwards and features appearances by Johnny Depp, Dennis Hopper, and John Turturro each reciting one writer's work (as with Turturro reciting Howl) to another.

The Last Time I Committed Suicide

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1997 American drama film directed by Stephen T. Kay.

1997 American drama film directed by Stephen T. Kay.

He also revealed he was a fan of Cassady and other Beat writers as a teenager, reflecting that "To me, these writers represented the epic language they used invoking the Greek and Roman gods. That Bacchus and Dionysian aspect resonated with me, and I used that to try and read my life and break out of myself, search for new sensations--living the moment, staying up late, traveling, experiencing."

Brooklyn College

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Public university in Brooklyn, New York.

Public university in Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn College Library, situated on the East Quad, designed by original architect Randolph Evans
View from the West Quad looking onto the East Quad (from left to right, James Hall, Boylan Hall, the library, Ingersoll Hall, and Roosevelt Hall)
Entry gate
West Quad Center
James Hall
Roosevelt Hall
Boylan Hall
Lily Pond
F. Murray Abraham
Hannah Arendt
John Ashbery
Michael Cunningham
Allen Ginsberg
Itzhak Perlman
Mark Rothko
Dr. Ruth
C.K. Williams
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (1959-1960)
California Senator and Representative Barbara Boxer (B.A. 1962)
Shirley Chisholm, first black woman elected to US Congress (B.A. 1946)
Biochemist and Nobel Laureate Stanley Cohen (B.A. 1943)
Alan Dershowitz, attorney and law professor (B.A. 1959)
Mel Brooks, Academy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning director, writer, and actor (1946)
James Franco, actor (M.F.A.)
Social psychologist Philip Zimbardo (B.A. 1954)
Don Lemon, Edward R. Murrow Award and Emmy Award winning CNN News anchor and journalist (B.A. 1996)

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), Beat Generation poet and Pulitzer Prize for Poetry finalist; Distinguished Professor of English from 1986 to 1997, replacing Ashbery (who accepted a MacArthur Fellowship and later moved to Bard College)

Jim Cohn

Jim Cohn

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Poet, poetry activist, and spoken word artist in the United States.

Poet, poetry activist, and spoken word artist in the United States.

Jim Cohn

In 1996, Jim began planning for an online poetry project that would explore Beat Generation influences on the Postbeat Poets.

Theatrical release poster by Reynold Brown

The Beat Generation

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1959 American crime film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Steve Cochran and Mamie Van Doren, with Ray Danton, Fay Spain, Maggie Hayes, Jackie Coogan, Louis Armstrong, James Mitchum, Vampira, and Ray Anthony.

1959 American crime film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Steve Cochran and Mamie Van Doren, with Ray Danton, Fay Spain, Maggie Hayes, Jackie Coogan, Louis Armstrong, James Mitchum, Vampira, and Ray Anthony.

Theatrical release poster by Reynold Brown

It is a sensationalistic interpretation of the beatnik counterculture of the "Beat Generation" (and is sometimes considered one of the last films noir to be produced.) The movie was also shown under the title This Rebel Age.

Corso: The Last Beat

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2009 documentary film, with on-screen narration by Ethan Hawke and appearances by Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Gregory Corso.

2009 documentary film, with on-screen narration by Ethan Hawke and appearances by Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Gregory Corso.

The Beat Generation’s Gregory Corso became one of four in the inner circle of the Beats, along with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs.

Sputnik 1

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The first artificial Earth satellite.

The first artificial Earth satellite.

This metal arming key is the last remaining piece of the Sputnik 1 satellite. It prevented contact between the batteries and the transmitter prior to launch. It is on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
30k USSR stamp depicting Sputnik 1 orbiting the Earth, the Earth orbiting the Sun and the Sun orbiting the centre of the Milky Way galaxy
Some R-7 variants
Exploded view
Artist's impression of Sputnik 1 in orbit
"BEEP ... BEEP ... To Bob's" spaceship ad spoofs Sputnik in the California Institute of Technology yearbook of 1958.
A Soviet 40 kopeks stamp, showing the satellite's orbit
Sputnik 1, Sergei Korolev and Valentin Glushko on a 2007 Ukrainian stamp
The flag of Kaluga, featuring Sputnik 1
Sputnik replica in Spain

The American writer Herb Caen was inspired to coin the term "beatnik" in an article about the Beat Generation in the San Francisco Chronicle on 2 April 1958.