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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Protestant Cemetery, Rome

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Private cemetery in the rione of Testaccio in Rome.

Private cemetery in the rione of Testaccio in Rome.

Tombstone of John Keats
Tombstone of Percy Bysshe Shelley
Grave of Gregory Corso
Grave of Antonio Gramsci
Grave of Hans von Marées
Story's Angel of Grief

Gregory Corso (1930–2001), American beat generation poet

North Beach, San Francisco

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Neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, the Financial District, and Russian Hill.

Neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown, the Financial District, and Russian Hill.

View of North Beach from Telegraph Hill, 1856
North Beach after the 1906 earthquake
View of Green Street looking west towards Columbus Avenue.
Looking southeast from Columbus Avenue (on the left) and Stockton (on the right). The Transamerica Pyramid is visible in the background on Columbus Avenue. The array of overhead wires supply power for the electric trolley buses such as the one seen on Stockton Street.
Gabe Kapler

During the 1950s, many of the neighborhood's cafes and bars became the home and epicenter of the Beat Generation and gave rise to the San Francisco Renaissance.

Haight-Ashbury

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District of San Francisco, California, named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets.

District of San Francisco, California, named for the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets.

The Tubes performing at 2012 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair

The Beats had congregated around San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood from the late 1950s.

Bowie in Chicago, 2002

David Bowie

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English singer-songwriter and actor.

English singer-songwriter and actor.

Bowie in Chicago, 2002
A trade ad photo of Bowie in 1967
Bowie and Tony Defries at Andy Warhol's Pork at London's Roundhouse in 1971.
Bowie during the Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1972–1973
Bowie performing "Rebel Rebel" on TopPop in 1974
Bowie performing during Diamond Dogs Tour, 1974
Bowie, making his US television debut, performs with Cher on the variety show Cher, 1975
Bowie as the Thin White Duke at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, 1976
Apartment building at Hauptstraße 155, Schöneberg, Berlin, where Bowie lived from 1976 to 1978
Bowie performing in Oslo, Norway, 1978
Serious Moonlight Tour, 1983
Bowie performing during the Glass Spider Tour, 1987
Bowie in Chile during the Sound+Vision Tour, 1990
Bowie performing in Turku, Finland, 1997
Bowie on stage with Sterling Campbell during the Heathen Tour, 2002
Bowie performing in Dublin, Ireland, in November 2003 during the A Reality Tour—his last tour before his 2006 retirement from touring.
Bowie with his son Duncan Jones at the premiere of Jones's directorial debut Moon, 2009
Bowie's costume from Labyrinth at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle
Bowie's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Berlin memorial plaque, Hauptstraße 155, in Schöneberg, Germany
Bowie's Vox Mark VI guitar in the Hard Rock Cafe, Warsaw, Poland
Bowie and wife Iman, 2009
A woman places flowers outside Bowie's apartment in New York on Lafayette Street the day after his death was announced.
Variety of Bowie's outfits on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Statue of Bowie in different guises in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, the town where he debuted Ziggy Stardust in 1972

Burns, who was 10 years older than Bowie, had schizophrenia and seizures, and lived alternately at home and in psychiatric wards; while living with Bowie, he introduced the younger man to many of his lifelong influences, such as modern jazz, Buddhism, Beat poetry, and the occult.

Beat (King Crimson album)

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Ninth studio album by the British rock band King Crimson, released in 1982 by record label E.G. This is the second King Crimson album to feature the band's line-up of co-founder Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford.

Ninth studio album by the British rock band King Crimson, released in 1982 by record label E.G. This is the second King Crimson album to feature the band's line-up of co-founder Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Tony Levin and Bill Bruford.

According to the Trouser Press Record Guide, the album was inspired by the history and work of 1950’s Beat literature, spurred on by the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of On the Road by Jack Kerouac.

Early 1990s VHS cover

Heart Beat (film)

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1980 American romantic drama film written and directed by John Byrum, based on the autobiography by Carolyn Cassady.

1980 American romantic drama film written and directed by John Byrum, based on the autobiography by Carolyn Cassady.

Early 1990s VHS cover

The film is about seminal figures in the Beat Generation.

Whitman in 1887

Walt Whitman

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American poet, essayist and journalist.

American poet, essayist and journalist.

Whitman in 1887
Whitman at age 28
Walt Whitman, age 35, from the frontispiece to Leaves of Grass, Fulton St., Brooklyn, N.Y., steel engraving by Samuel Hollyer from a lost daguerreotype by Gabriel Harrison
Whitman as photographed by Mathew Brady
Walt Whitman's handwritten manuscript for "Broadway, 1861"
Whitman spent his last years at his home in Camden, New Jersey. Today, it is open to the public as the Walt Whitman House.
Portrait of Whitman by Thomas Eakins, 1887–88
Walt Whitman
Whitman and Peter Doyle, one of the men with whom Whitman was believed to have had an intimate relationship
Walt Whitman and Bill Duckett
Whitman was honored on a 'Famous Americans Series' Postal issue, in 1940.
Walt Whitman statue at the Walt Whitman Bridge Entrance, 3100 S Broad St, Philadelphia PA

Whitman's vagabond lifestyle was adopted by the Beat movement and its leaders such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac in the 1950s and 1960s as well as anti-war poets like Adrienne Rich, Alicia Ostriker, and Gary Snyder.

Coat of arms

Columbia University

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Private Ivy League research university in New York City.

Private Ivy League research university in New York City.

Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Samuel Johnson, the first president of Columbia
King's College Hall, 1790
Crop of 1797 Taylor map of NYC showing "The College" at its Park Place (then Robinson Street) location. Note earlier location, Trinity Church, lower left.
The Gothic Revival library and law school buildings on the Madison Avenue campus
Low Memorial Library, c. 1900
Alma Mater
College Walk
Butler Library
Union Theological Seminary
Lamont Campus entrance in Palisades, New York
The entrance to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Washington Heights
Access to Columbia is enhanced by the 116th Street–Columbia University subway station on the IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line.
Van Amringe Quadrangle and Memorial
Low Memorial Library
The Barnard College Class of 1913 processes down the steps of Low Library.
Havemeyer Hall, a National Historic Chemical Landmark, where deuterium was discovered in 1931. Research conducted in Havemeyer has led to at least seven Nobel Prizes.
President Lee Bollinger presents the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction to Jeffrey Eugenides.
Copies of the Columbia Daily Spectator being sold during the 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike
The Art Deco cover of the November 1931 edition of the Jester, celebrating the opening of the George Washington Bridge
Pupin Hall, the physics building, showing the rooftop Rutherfurd Observatory
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World Leaders Forum at Low Memorial Library
Earl Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its role in serving as a venue for meetings and dances of the Columbia Queer Alliance.
The Columbia University Marching Band in 2018
Alexander Hamilton: Founding Father of the United States; author of The Federalist Papers; first United States Secretary of the Treasury — King's College
John Jay: Founding Father of the United States; author of The Federalist Papers; first Chief Justice of the United States; second Governor of New York — King's College
Robert R. Livingston: Founding Father of the United States; drafter of the Declaration of Independence; first United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs — King's College
Gouverneur Morris: Founding Father of the United States; author of the United States Constitution; United States Senator from New York — King's College
DeWitt Clinton: United States Senator from New York; sixth Governor of New York; responsible for construction of Erie Canal — Columbia College
Barack Obama: 44th President of the United States; United States Senator from Illinois; Nobel laureate — Columbia College
Franklin D. Roosevelt: 32nd President of the United States; 44th Governor of New York — Columbia Law School
Theodore Roosevelt: 26th President of the United States; 25th Vice President of the United States; 33rd Governor of New York; Nobel laureate – Columbia Law School
Wellington Koo: acting President of the Republic of China; judge of the International Court of Justice — Columbia College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
B. R. Ambedkar: Founding Father of India; architect of the Constitution of India; First Minister of Law and Justice — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States — Columbia Law School
Neil Gorsuch: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States — Columbia College
Charles Evans Hughes: 11th Chief Justice of the United States; 44th United States Secretary of State; 35th Governor of New York — Columbia Law School
Harlan Fiske Stone: 12th Chief Justice of the United States; 52nd United States Attorney General — Columbia Law School
William Barr: 77th and 85th United States Attorney General – Columbia College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Hamilton Fish: 26th United States Secretary of State; United States Senator from New York; 16th Governor of New York — Columbia College
Madeleine Albright: 64th United States Secretary of State; first female Secretary of State — School of International and Public Affairs
Frances Perkins: fourth United States Secretary of Labor; first female member of any U.S. Cabinet — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Robert A. Millikan: Nobel laureate; measured the elementary electric charge — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Isidor Isaac Rabi: Nobel Laureate; discovered nuclear magnetic resonance — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Julian S. Schwinger: Nobel laureate; pioneer of quantum field theory — Columbia College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Milton Friedman: Nobel laureate, leading member of the Chicago school of economics — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Simon Kuznets: Nobel laureate; invented concept of GDP; Milton Friedman's doctoral advisor — School of General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Alan Greenspan: 13th Chair of the Federal Reserve — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Warren Buffett: CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; one of the world's wealthiest people — Columbia Business School
Herman Hollerith: inventor; co-founder of IBM – School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Robert Kraft: billionaire; owner of the New England Patriots; chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group — Columbia College
Richard Rodgers: legendary Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award-winning composer; Pulitzer Prize winner — Columbia College
Langston Hughes: Harlem Renaissance poet, novelist, and playwright — School of Engineering and Applied Science
Zora Neale Hurston: Harlem Renaissance author, anthropologist, and filmmaker — Barnard College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Allen Ginsberg: poet; founder of the Beat Generation — Columbia College
Jack Kerouac: poet; founder of the Beat Generation — Columbia College
Isaac Asimov: science fiction writer; biochemist — School of General Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
J. D. Salinger: novelist, The Catcher in the Rye — School of General Studies
Amelia Earhart: first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean — School of General Studies
Jake Gyllenhaal: actor and film producer — Columbia College
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Sonia Sotomayor
Kimberlé Crenshaw
Lee Bollinger
Franz Boas
Margaret Mead
Edward Sapir
John Dewey
Charles A. Beard
Max Horkheimer
Herbert Marcuse
Edward Said
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Orhan Pamuk
Edwin Howard Armstrong
Enrico Fermi
Chien-Shiung Wu
Tsung-Dao Lee
Jack Steinberger
Joachim Frank
Joseph Stiglitz
Jeffrey Sachs
Robert Mundell
Thomas Hunt Morgan
Eric Kandel
Richard Axel
Andrei Okounkov

Columbia alumni have made an indelible mark in the field of American poetry and literature, with such people as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, pioneers of the Beat Generation; and Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, seminal figures in the Harlem Renaissance, all having attended the university.

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Kill Your Darlings (2013 film)

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2013 American biographical drama film written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut.

2013 American biographical drama film written by Austin Bunn and directed by John Krokidas in his feature film directorial debut.

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The story is about the college days of some of the earliest members of the Beat Generation (Lucien Carr, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and Jack Kerouac), their interactions, and Carr's killing of his long-time friend David Kammerer in Riverside Park in Manhattan, New York City.

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Howl (2010 film)

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2010 American film which explores both the 1955 Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg's noted poem "Howl".

2010 American film which explores both the 1955 Six Gallery debut and the 1957 obscenity trial of 20th-century American poet Allen Ginsberg's noted poem "Howl".

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It reconstructs the early life of Ginsberg during the 1940s and 1950s.