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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Kenneth Rexroth

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American poet, translator, and critical essayist.

American poet, translator, and critical essayist.

Kenneth Rexroth Street in San Francisco, California

Although he did not consider himself to be a Beat poet, and disliked the association, he was dubbed the "Father of the Beats" by Time magazine.

First edition

The Dharma Bums

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First edition

The Dharma Bums is a 1958 novel by Beat Generation author Jack Kerouac.

Huncke in 1985

Herbert Huncke

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American writer and poet, and an active participant in a number of emerging cultural, social and aesthetic movements of the 20th century in America.

American writer and poet, and an active participant in a number of emerging cultural, social and aesthetic movements of the 20th century in America.

Huncke in 1985

He was a member of the Beat Generation and is reputed to have coined the term.

Underwater atomic test "Baker", Bikini Atoll, Pacific Ocean, 1946

Counterculture of the 1960s

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Anti-establishment cultural phenomenon that developed throughout much of the Western world between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s.

Anti-establishment cultural phenomenon that developed throughout much of the Western world between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s.

Underwater atomic test "Baker", Bikini Atoll, Pacific Ocean, 1946
Free Speech activist Mario Savio on the steps of Sproul Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 1966
King's "I Have a Dream" speech, given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington
A family watches television, c. 1958
Anti-war protesters
Carnaby Street, London, 1966
Oz number 31 cover
Three radical icons of the sixties. Encounter between Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre and Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Cuba, in 1960
Yellow Power activist Richard Aoki at a Black Panther Party rally.
Herbert Marcuse, associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory, was an influential libertarian socialist thinker on the radical student movements of the era and philosopher of the New Left
Eugene McCarthy, anti-war candidate for the Democratic nomination for the US presidency in 1968
A sign pointing to an old fallout shelter in New York City
The cover of an early Whole Earth Catalog shows the Earth as seen by astronauts traveling back from the Moon
Frisbee and alternative 1960s disc sports icon Ken Westerfield
A small part of the crowd of 400,000, after the rain, Woodstock, United States, August 1969
The Jimi Hendrix Experience performs for the Dutch television show Fenklup in March 1967
The Doors performing for Danish television in 1968
Recording "Give Peace a Chance". Left to right: Rosemary Leary (face not visible), Tommy Smothers (with back to camera), John Lennon, Timothy Leary, Yoko Ono, Judy Marcioni and Paul Williams, June 1, 1969.
The plaque honoring the victims of the August 1970 Sterling Hall bombing, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
A small segment of the "Wall" at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial listing the names of the nearly 60,000 American war dead
Jerry Rubin, University at Buffalo, March 10, 1970

The Pranksters created a direct link between the 1950s Beat Generation and the 1960s psychedelic scene; the bus was driven by Beat icon Neal Cassady, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg was on board for a time, and they dropped in on Cassady's friend, Beat author Jack Kerouac—though Kerouac declined to participate in the Prankster scene.

Carolyn Cassady

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Carolyn Elizabeth Robinson Cassady (April 28, 1923 – September 20, 2013) was an American writer and associated with the Beat Generation through her marriage to Neal Cassady and her friendships with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and other prominent Beat figures.

Gregory Corso

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American poet and a key member of the Beat movement.

American poet and a key member of the Beat movement.

Corso's grave, in Rome (Italy)

He was the youngest of the inner circle of Beat Generation writers (with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs).

Diane di Prima, photo by Gloria Graham during the video taping of Add-Verse, 2004

Diane di Prima

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Diane di Prima, photo by Gloria Graham during the video taping of Add-Verse, 2004

Diane di Prima (August 6, 1934October 25, 2020) was an American poet, known for her association with the Beat movement.

McClure during the video taping of "Add-Verse", 2004

Michael McClure

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American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist.

American poet, playwright, songwriter, and novelist.

McClure during the video taping of "Add-Verse", 2004

He soon became a key member of the Beat Generation and was immortalized as Pat McLear in Kerouac's Big Sur.

An example of a tie dyed t-shirt. Tie dying in the late 1960s and early 1970s is considered part of the psychedelic movement.

History of the hippie movement

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The hippie subculture began its development as a youth movement in the United States during the early 1960s and then developed around the world.

The hippie subculture began its development as a youth movement in the United States during the early 1960s and then developed around the world.

An example of a tie dyed t-shirt. Tie dying in the late 1960s and early 1970s is considered part of the psychedelic movement.
Joe Cocker at Woodstock 1969
As a hippie Ken Westerfield helped to popularize Frisbee as an alternative sport in the 1960s and 1970s
Monument to the hippie era, Tamil Nadu, India, 2010
1981 - 10,000 Nambassa hippies join for world peace.
At the Rainbow World Gathering 2006 in Costa Rica
Old hippies celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 2013
Art car seen in Northern California
Glastonbury Festival in 1985
Hippies at the Nambassa 1981 Festival New Zealand

It is directly influenced and inspired by the Beat Generation, and American involvement in the Vietnam War.

Hedrick, Peace, 1953, Oil on canvas, 18 × 14", Collection: Paul McCarthy, Los Angeles, CA. Hedrick "began painting flags in the 1950s, years before New York's Jasper Johns did."

Wally Hedrick

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Seminal American artist in the 1950s California counterculture, gallerist, and educator who came to prominence in the early 1960s.

Seminal American artist in the 1950s California counterculture, gallerist, and educator who came to prominence in the early 1960s.

Hedrick, Peace, 1953, Oil on canvas, 18 × 14", Collection: Paul McCarthy, Los Angeles, CA. Hedrick "began painting flags in the 1950s, years before New York's Jasper Johns did."
Wally Hedrick, War Room, c. 1967, Exterior View. Installing Hedrick's, War Room at SSU in 2002.

Hedrick was also a key figure in the first important public manifestation of the Beat Generation when he helped to organize the Six Gallery Reading, and created the first artistic denunciation of American foreign policy in Vietnam.