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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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