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Author Weidman, Rich.

Title The Beat Generation FAQ : all that's left to know about the angelheaded hipsters / Rich Weidman
Published Montclair, NJ : Backbeat Books, [2015]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 384 pages)
Series FAQ series
FAQ series (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (Firm))
Contents Intro; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Angelheaded Hipsters: Major Figures of the Beat Generation; 2. A Path to Paradise: Defining Characteristics of the Beat Generation; 3. Just the Froth Riding on a Wave: Beat Generation Influences; 4. Caught in a Square World: The Emergence of the Beat Generation; 5. Find Your Place: Legendary Beat Haunts; 6. A Point of No Return: The San Francisco Renaissance; 7. State of Revolt: The Legendary Six Gallery Reading; 8. Angels of the World's Desire: The Publication and Censorship of "Howl."
18. The Mad Ones: Other Key Figures in the Beat Generation19. Forlorn Rags of Growing Old: The Demise of the Beat Generation; 20. All Went Their Own Way: Beats vs. Hippies; 21. Safe in Heaven Dead: Final Beat Resting Places; 22. Visions of Eternal Freedom: Beat-Related Literary Magazines; 23. Don't Hide the Madness: Beat Live Performances and Recordings; 24. Sullen Rebels, Defiant Chicks: The Beat Generation on Film; 25. The Shadow Cast by Our Imaginations: Beat Generation Documentaries; 26. Strange Unexpected Acts: Artists Influenced by the Beat Generation
27. The Next Crazy Venture: Beat Tributes and Landmarks28. Nothing Behind Me: Eclectic Beat Generation Biographies and Autobiographies; 29. Even the Stars Will Fade Out: Whatever Happened To . . .; Each Stolen Moment: A Beat Generation Timeline; Selected Bibliography
9. Under the Burden of Solitude: The Essential Works of Allen Ginsberg10. Fast, Mad, Confessional: The Genesis of On the Road; 11. Somewhere Along the Line: Jack Kerouac's "Duluoz Legend"; 12. Outside Any Social Contract: Naked Lunch and the Nightmare of Addiction; 13. Unlock My Word Horde: Language as a Virus in the Works of William Burroughs; 14. Swimming the River of Hardship: Women of the Beat Generation; 15. A Ghost in Daylight: The Beats on Drugs; 16. Every Face You See: The Rise of the Beatniks; 17. Only the Most Bitter: Notorious Beat Generation Critics
Summary An Entertaining ride through The American literary movement that defined cool and inspired generations, The Beat Generation FAQ is an informative and entertaining look at the enigmatic authors and cutting-edge works that shaped this fascinating cultural and literary movement. Disillusioned with the repression and conformity encompassing post-World War II life in the United States, the Beat writers sought creative alternatives to the mind-numbing banality of modern culture. Beat Generation writers were no strangers to controversy: both Allen Ginsbergis, prophetic, William Blakean-style poem "Howl" (1956) and William S. Burroughs's groundbreaking novel Naked Lunch (1959) led to obscenity trials, while Jack Kerouac's highly influential novel On the Road (1957) was blamed by the establishment for corrupting the nation's youth and continues to this day to serve as a beacon of hipster culture and the bohemian lifestyle. The Beat writers shared a vision for a new type of literature, one that escaped the boundaries of academia and employed an organic use of language, inspired by the spontaneity and improvisational nature of jazz music and abstract expressionism (Kerouac dubbed this writing style "spontaneous prose"). In search of deeper meaning, Beat Generation writers experimented not only with language but also with spirituality, art, drugs, sexuality, and unconventional lifestyles. Although the movement as a whole flamed out quickly in the early 1960s, replaced by the onset of the hippie counterculture, the Beats made an indelible mark on the nation's consciousness and left a long-lasting influence on its art and culture. This book details the movement-its works, its creative forces, and its legacy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-376) and index
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Subject Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Beats (Persons)
American authors -- Biography.
Authors, American.
Beat generation.
Beats (Persons)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021678277
ISBN 1617136344