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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Ruth Weiss (beat poet)

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Poet, performer, playwright and artist.

Poet, performer, playwright and artist.

She was considered to be a member of the Beat Generation, a label she, in later years, embraced.

Dylan at Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in June 2010

Bob Dylan

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American singer-songwriter.

American singer-songwriter.

Dylan at Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in June 2010
Dylan at Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, in June 2010
The Zimmerman family home in Hibbing, Minnesota
Dylan with Joan Baez during the civil rights "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom", August 28, 1963
Bobby Dylan, as the college yearbook lists him: St. Lawrence University, upstate New York, November 1963
The cinéma vérité documentary Dont Look Back (1967) follows Dylan on his 1965 tour of England. An early music video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues" was used as the film's opening segment.
Dylan in 1966
Bob Dylan and the Band commenced their 1974 tour in Chicago on January 3.
Bob Dylan with Allen Ginsberg on the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. Photo: Elsa Dorfman
Dylan performing in the De Kuip Stadium, Rotterdam, June 23, 1978
Dylan in Toronto April 18, 1980
Dylan in Barcelona, Spain, 1984
Dylan performs during the 1996 Lida Festival in Stockholm
Dylan, the Spectrum, 2007
Bob Dylan performs at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, November 7, 2006
Dylan and the Obamas at the White House, after a performance celebrating music from the civil rights movement (February 9, 2010)
Dylan performing at Finsbury Park, London, June 18, 2011
President Obama presents Dylan with a Medal of Freedom, May 2012
Dylan mural in Minneapolis by Eduardo Kobra

The first single, "Subterranean Homesick Blues", owed much to Chuck Berry's "Too Much Monkey Business"; its free-association lyrics described as harking back to the energy of beat poetry and as a forerunner of rap and hip-hop.

Kaddish (poem)

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"Kaddish" also known as "Kaddish for Naomi Ginsberg (1894–1956)" is a poem by Beat writer Allen Ginsberg about his mother Naomi and her death on June 9, 1956.

Lew Welch

Lew Welch

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Lew Welch

Lewis Barrett Welch Jr. (August 16, 1926 – May 1971?) was an American poet associated with the Beat generation literary movement.

Joplin in 1970

Janis Joplin

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American singer and musician.

American singer and musician.

Joplin in 1970
Joplin in 1960 as a graduating senior in high school
Joplin (seated) with Big Brother and the Holding Company, c. 1966–1967 photograph Bob Seidemann
Joplin performs with Tom Jones on This Is Tom Jones in late 1969
Newspaper review of Joplin's 1969 concert at Vets Memorial Auditorium in Columbus, Ohio includes the fact that before it started she walked to the lobby and watched audience members arrive.
Janis Joplin performing at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island in July 1968
Joplin photographed by Jim Marshall in 1969, one year before her death

Joplin cultivated a rebellious manner and styled herself partly after her female blues heroines and partly after the Beat poets.

Mill Valley, California

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City in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14 mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge and 52 mi from Napa Valley.

City in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14 mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge and 52 mi from Napa Valley.

Mill Valley before 1900
Gravity car no. 21 on the Mt. Tam and Muir Woods Scenic Rwy c. 1915
Similar view of Mill Valley, c. 1910, as pictured on a souvenir postcard with the caption 'Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais, Showing Crookedest Railroad, California'
Firemen in action during the 1913 fire on Mt. Tamalpais
The corner of Throckmorton Ave. and Corte Madera Ave. c. 1970
Miller Ave., looking toward Mt. Tamalpais, in the 1990s
Blithedale Canyon
Old Railroad Depot
Mount Carmel Catholic Church
Close to Old Mill Park and Mill Valley Public Library, the setting of this house, built by notable landscape painter Tilden Daken, is typical of the houses sprinkled amongst the redwoods of the Cascade Canyon area in Mill Valley.
The Dipsea trail stairs consist of 688 steps in three flights.
Tamalpais High School
The Mill Valley Public Library
Mill Valley Air Force Station

In 1956, a group of Beat poets and writers lived briefly in the Perry house, most notably Jack Kerouac and San Francisco Renaissance Beat poet Gary Snyder.

Williams in 1921

William Carlos Williams

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American poet, writer, and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism.

American poet, writer, and physician closely associated with modernism and imagism.

Williams in 1921
"The rose fades, and is renewed again ...."
I saw the figure 5 in gold. Charles Demuth 1928.
 
 
The Great Figure
 
 
Among the rain 
and lights 
I saw the figure 5 
in gold 
on a red 
firetruck 
moving 
tense 
unheeded 
to gong clangs 
siren howls 
and wheels rumbling 
through the dark city. 
 
 William Carlos Williams 1920.
This Is Just To Say
(wall poem in The Hague)

He had a significant influence on many of the American literary movements of the 1950s, including the Beat movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain school, and the New York School.

1937 portrait by Carl Van Vechten

Thomas Wolfe

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American novelist of the early 20th century.

American novelist of the early 20th century.

1937 portrait by Carl Van Vechten
Thomas Wolfe House, 48 Spruce Street in Asheville

Wolfe's influence extends to the writings of Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, and of authors Ray Bradbury and Philip Roth, among others.

Anne Waldman

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American poet.

American poet.

Although her work is sometimes connected to the Beat Generation, Waldman has never been, strictly speaking, a "Beat" poet.

Ted Joans

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American jazz poet, surrealist, trumpeter, and painter, who from the 1960s spent periods of time travelling in Europe and Africa.

American jazz poet, surrealist, trumpeter, and painter, who from the 1960s spent periods of time travelling in Europe and Africa.

He was a participant in the Beat Generation in Greenwich Village.