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Peter Orlovsky (center) joining Corso and Ginsberg in exploring the musical world of the zither - they still hold it upside down, though!

“Beat” was slang for “beaten down” or downtrodden, but to Kerouac, it also had a spiritual connotation as in “beatitude”. In part, earlierliterary figures such as Charles Baudelaire ( 1821-1867 ) has touched on some of the aesthetic template, and figuring in what became termed as a form of artistic and literary decadence for its time.” The principal themes of sex  and death were considered scandalous. He also touched on lesbiansism , sacred and profane love, metamorphosis, melancholy, the…

Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira), as The Poetess in the film The Beat Generation

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Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlowsky, Kansas City,

The Beat Hotel, a film by Documentary Arts, goes deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957 and 1963, when Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky and Gregory Corso fled the obscenity trials in the United States surrounding the publication of Ginsberg's poem "Howl."

The Beat Hotel, a new film by Documentary Arts, goes deep into the legacy of the American Beats in Paris during the heady years between 1957 and when A.

Beat poet Gregory Corso

The Beat Generation of Greenwich Village and Beyond

allen ginsberg, gregory corso in his attic room, 9 rue git-le-coeur, paris,

GYPSY & CASSADY  Oakland, 1966

the outcasts - alias neal cassady

Hunter S Thompson's obit, "He was a crook," on Nixon is still brilliant - http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1994/07/he-was-a-crook/8699/

Hunter Stockton Thompson (July 1937 – February was an American journalist and author. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a middl.

Herbert Edwin Huncke (January 9, 1915 – August 8, 1996) was a writer and poet, and active participant in a number of emerging cultural, social and aesthetic movements of the 20th century in America. He was a member of the Beat Generation and is reputed to have coined the term.

Herbert Edwin Huncke (January 9, 1915 – August 8, 1996) was a writer and poet, and active participant in a number of emerging cultural, social and aesthetic movements of the 20th century in America. He was a member of the Beat Generation and is reputed to have coined the term.

beatniks - "the beatnik grew out of a literate, verbal culture," and "professed an interest in the avant-garde (abstract painting, poetry, French existentialism) and affected a bemused cosmopolitan air of bohemian tolderance..." (52). The beatnik was also affiliated with the "black cause," being another subculture to derive "positive" influence from the West Indian population, contrary to the Teds who were often involved in "unprovoked attacks" against West Indians.

The beats: these were young men and women inspired by existentialism. They usually wore black to indicate seriousness. Women tended to wear roomy sweaters over skirts or tight trousers.

Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and William S. Burroughs by Christopher Felver (1990)

Credit: Chris Felver/Getty Images Allen Ginsberg - Gregory Corso - and William Burroughs - in Boulder,.

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