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Beat Generation

A group of unconventional individuals meet in 1944, in New York. There are the young Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Herbert Huncke and Jack Kerouac who furiously desire to accomplish themselves in puritan America just as the Existentialists have reshaped post war Paris in St Germain des Prés. Their rebellion flourishes via moral, mystic, sexual and geographical experiences - their ultimate adventure resides in their journeys on American roads. The Beats will strongly influence further generations with their stories and books - the ‘KGB’’s bibles: Howl by Ginsberg, The Naked Lunch by Burroughs and Kerouac’s On the Road. From the rioting French students of May 68 to London’s disobedient punks, from the Beatles to Kurt Cobain, many are the movements and individuals that have seen in the Beat Generation an influential free-spirited clique that adopted an anticipatory ‘sex, drugs and rock n’roll’ spirit.

Tags / Beat Generation - Literature - Rebellion - 1950s - Influence - New York - Tribes
Aaron Tveit and James Franco in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
Aaron Tveit and James Franco in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
Allen Ginsberg by William Burroughs, 1953
Allen Ginsberg by William Burroughs, 1953
Allen Ginsberg, Self-portrait with double exposure, 1953
Allen Ginsberg, Self-portrait with double exposure, 1953
Allen Ginsberg & Gregory Corso seated on the floor in conversation, during the filming of Pull My Daisy, New York City, 1959
Allen Ginsberg & Gregory Corso seated on the floor in conversation, during the filming of Pull My Daisy, New York City, 1959
Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky
Allen Ginsberg & Peter Orlovsky
Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg, 1953
Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg, 1953
Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady by Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady by Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's Funeral by Jeff Albertson, 1969
Allen Ginsberg at Jack Kerouac's Funeral by Jeff Albertson, 1969
Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Barney Rosset in Washington Square Park by Burt Glinn, 1957
Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Barney Rosset in Washington Square Park by Burt Glinn, 1957
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gregory Corso in Greenwich Village by Bruce Davidson, 1957
Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and Gregory Corso in Greenwich Village by Bruce Davidson, 1957
Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, William Burroughs by Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1953
Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, William Burroughs by Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1953
Allen Ginsberg, Self-portrait, c. 1955
Allen Ginsberg, Self-portrait, c. 1955
Allen Ginsberg, Self-portrait, Tangier, July 1, 1961
Allen Ginsberg, Self-portrait, Tangier, July 1, 1961
Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Phillip Whalen
Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs and Phillip Whalen
Portrait of Allen Ginsberg, 1960
Portrait of Allen Ginsberg, 1960
Bob Donlin, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVinge, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (left to right) stand outside Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco by Allan Ginsberg, 1956
Bob Donlin, Neal Cassady, Allen Ginsberg, Robert LaVinge, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti (left to right) stand outside Ferlinghetti's City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco by Allan Ginsberg, 1956
Bob Dylan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Michael McClure, 1965
Bob Dylan, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Michael McClure, 1965
Brian Duffy, Portrait of William Burroughs, Paris, 1960
Brian Duffy, Portrait of William Burroughs, Paris, 1960
Courtney Love in Beat directed by Gary Walkow, 2000
Courtney Love in Beat directed by Gary Walkow, 2000
Dane DeHaan as Lucian Carr and Jack Huston as Kack Kerouac in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Dane DeHaan as Lucian Carr and Jack Huston as Kack Kerouac in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucian Carr in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucian Carr in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucian Carr in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan as Lucian Carr in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Janine Pommy Vega by Dave Heath, 1959
Janine Pommy Vega by Dave Heath, 1959
Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in On the Road directed by Walter Salles, 2012
Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty in On the Road directed by Walter Salles, 2012
Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg sitting at Jack Kerouac’s grave during the Rolling Thunder tour
Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg sitting at Jack Kerouac’s grave during the Rolling Thunder tour
Gary Snyder in Kimono by Allen Ginsberg, Kyoto, July 1, 1963
Gary Snyder in Kimono by Allen Ginsberg, Kyoto, July 1, 1963
Gary Snyder in Restaurant by Allen Ginsberg, July 1, 1963
Gary Snyder in Restaurant by Allen Ginsberg, July 1, 1963
Gary Snyder by Allen Ginsberg , 1965
Gary Snyder by Allen Ginsberg , 1965
Gary Snyder, Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg by Allen Ginsberg, India, February 1962
Gary Snyder, Peter Orlovsky and Allen Ginsberg by Allen Ginsberg, India, February 1962
Michael McClure, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, 1965
Michael McClure, Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, 1965
Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg, c. 1955
Gregory Corso and Allen Ginsberg, c. 1955
Gregory Corso on a stairway at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso on a stairway at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso reads his poetry at the Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso reads his poetry at the Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso reads poetry at Seven Arts Cafe. by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso reads poetry at Seven Arts Cafe. by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso sits in the window of Alan Ginsberg's East Village apartment by Burt Glinn, 1959
Gregory Corso sits in the window of Alan Ginsberg's East Village apartment by Burt Glinn, 1959
Hal Chase and Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg, c. 1945
Hal Chase and Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg, c. 1945
Hedwig Gorski reads her poetry and performs at Joy's Greenhouse. Photo by Mark Christal
Hedwig Gorski reads her poetry and performs at Joy's Greenhouse. Photo by Mark Christal
Herbert Huncke at Burroughs' farm, New Waverly, Texas, June 1947
Herbert Huncke at Burroughs' farm, New Waverly, Texas, June 1947
Herbert Huncke lounging in Bathroom by Allen Ginsberg, December 12, 1953
Herbert Huncke lounging in Bathroom by Allen Ginsberg, December 12, 1953
Herbert Huncke Smoking by Allen Ginsberg, c. 1946
Herbert Huncke Smoking by Allen Ginsberg, c. 1946
Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Elizabeth Olsen as Eddie Parker in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Elizabeth Olsen as Eddie Parker in Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Jack Kerouac  at a Beat party by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac at a Beat party by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac by Robert Frank, Orlando, Florida, 1959
Jack Kerouac by Robert Frank, Orlando, Florida, 1959
Jack Kerouac & Allen Ginsberg by John Cohen, 1959
Jack Kerouac & Allen Ginsberg by John Cohen, 1959
Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr on the Columbia University Campus, New York by Allen Ginsberg, 1944
Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr on the Columbia University Campus, New York by Allen Ginsberg, 1944
Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady
Jack Kerouac & Neal Cassady
Jack Kerouac at a Beat party by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac at a Beat party by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac by Eliott Erwitt, NY, 1953
Jack Kerouac by Eliott Erwitt, NY, 1953
Jack Kerouac by Eliott Erwitt, NY, 1953
Jack Kerouac by Eliott Erwitt, NY, 1953
Jack Kerouac by John Cohen, 1959
Jack Kerouac by John Cohen, 1959
Jack Kerouac makes comments at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac makes comments at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg, New York,  September 1955
Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg, New York, September 1955
Jack Kerouac reads at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac reads at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac shows affection to an admirer at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac shows affection to an admirer at Seven Arts Cafe by Burt Glinn, 1959
Jack Kerouac with William Burroughs' cat. Tangier, Morocco, 1957
Jack Kerouac with William Burroughs' cat. Tangier, Morocco, 1957
Jack Kerouac, 1942
Jack Kerouac, 1942
Jack Kerouac, 1942
Jack Kerouac, 1942
Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso and L. Jones, at a setup at Phoenix gallery by Burt Glinn, December 1959
Jack Kerouac, Gregory Corso and L. Jones, at a setup at Phoenix gallery by Burt Glinn, December 1959
Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr & Allen Ginsberg
Jack Kerouac, Lucien Carr & Allen Ginsberg
Portrait of Jack Kerouac
Portrait of Jack Kerouac
Jack Kerouac's hand-drawn map tracing his journey in On the Road
Jack Kerouac's hand-drawn map tracing his journey in On the Road
Jack Kerouac’s Naval Reserve Enlistment Mugshot, 1943
Jack Kerouac’s Naval Reserve Enlistment Mugshot, 1943
Jack Kerouac’s notebook
Jack Kerouac’s notebook
James Franco as Allan Ginsberg in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
James Franco as Allan Ginsberg in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
James Franco as Allan Ginsberg in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
James Franco as Allan Ginsberg in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
James Franco as Allan Ginsberg in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
James Franco as Allan Ginsberg in Howl directed by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedmann, 2010
Joan Vollmer, William Burroughs 's wife
Joan Vollmer, William Burroughs 's wife
Ken Babbs and Neal Cassady driving bus by Allen Ginsberg, 1964
Ken Babbs and Neal Cassady driving bus by Allen Ginsberg, 1964
Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg
Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg
Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs by Allen Ginsberg, C. 1944/ 1945
Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs by Allen Ginsberg, C. 1944/ 1945
Kiefer Sutherland as William S. Burroughs in Beat directed by Gary Walkow, 2000
Kiefer Sutherland as William S. Burroughs in Beat directed by Gary Walkow, 2000
Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Kill Your Darlings directed by John Krokidas, 2013
Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Books, San Francisco
Lawrence Ferlinghetti at City Lights Books, San Francisco
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Goodrow, Allen Ginsberg,  Charlie Plymell, Philip Whalen in front of City Lights, August 1963
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gary Goodrow, Allen Ginsberg, Charlie Plymell, Philip Whalen in front of City Lights, August 1963
Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael McClure by Nat Farbman, San Francisco, 1957
Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Michael McClure by Nat Farbman, San Francisco, 1957
Jack Kerouac, On the Road original manuscript
Jack Kerouac, On the Road original manuscript
Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy directed by Gus van Sant, 1990
Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy directed by Gus van Sant, 1990
Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy directed by Gus van Sant, 1990
Matt Dillon in Drugstore Cowboy directed by Gus van Sant, 1990
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