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Grade 8 Up—Bisbort begins with a time line associated with the Beatniks, and then follows with a series of articles about the subculture, profiling major figures of the period. Appendixes address the movement in movies, magazines, jokes, and "Precursors" and "Progeny" of the Beats. One chapter contains primary-source documents–mainly quotes. Punksfollows the same basic format. Both books have some photos but they are few and far between and are all black and white. While these titles are solid overviews of historical movements in American history, the information is available in other sources.—Diana Pierce, Leander High School, TX
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• Offers a serious, respectful, yet wildly entertaining look at the generation that paved the way for youth culture in the United States
• Covers the entirety of the beatnik scene, including film, television, music, fashion, lingo, and literature
• Focuses on specific scenes where the beatnik subculture flourished, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Black Mountain, N.C., Venice, Calif., New Orleans, and elsewhere
• Includes original interviews with such Beat Generation luminaries as Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Ann Charters, and Roy Harper.
• Offers an annotated bibliography containing a discography, recommended reading, viewing and listening tips, and locations and descriptions of available archives for future scholars
"A historian of American culture and art, Bisbort profiles the first counter-culture generation to be branded by modern marketing. He describes the origins of the beat generation during World War II, how the beats turned into beatniks, the emergence of a beatnik voice, and the spread of the phenomenon from Manhattan to the US and the world. Support material includes a timeline, biographical sketches, a glossary, lists of movies and magazines, and lists of precursors and progeny."
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