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The Beat Generation in Words, Images, and Music

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This is a presentation I created and delivered this week to a group of visiting Italian students at Burlingame High School. The full presentation featured a rich array of video and sound which, I …

This is a presentation I created and delivered this week to a group of visiting Italian students at Burlingame High School. The full presentation featured a rich array of video and sound which, I believe, is not available in this format.

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  • 1. The Beat Generation In Words, Images, and Music by Jim Burke
  • 2. Beat
  • 3. Beatnik
  • 4. Bohemian
  • 5. Hippie
  • 6. The Lost Generation “By a ‘generation’ I mean that reaction against the fathers which seems to occur about three times a century. It is distinguished by a set of ideas inherited in modified form from the madmen and outlaws of the generation before; if it is a real generation it has its own leaders and spokesmen.”! !! –– F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • 7. The Beat Generation ““The Beat Generation was a generation of crazy, illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere, ragged, beatific, beautiful in an ugly graceful new way--a vision gleaned from the way we had heard the word 'beat' spoken on streetcorners on Times Square and in the Village, in other cities in the downtown city night of postwar America--beat, meaning down and out but full of intense conviction--We'd even heard old 1910 Daddy Hipsters of the streets speak the word that way, with a melancholy sneer--It meant characters of a special spirituality who didn't gang up but were solitary Bartlebies staring out the dead wall window of our civilization--the subterraneans heroes who'd finally turned from the 'freedom' machine of the West and were taking drugs, digging bop, having flashes of insight, experiencing the 'derangement of the senses,' talking strange, being poor and glad, prophesying a new style for American culture, a new style (we thought).”! !! –– Jack Kerouac
  • 8. 1950s First Credit Card Introduced! James Dean Dies in Car Accident! Korean War Begins! McDonald's Opens! McCarthy Begins Witch Hunt! Rosa Parks gets arrested! Truman Builds Hydrogen Bomb! Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat! Rosenbergs Executed for Espionage! NASA Founded! Segregation Ruled Illegal in U.S.! Peace Symbol Created! Color TV introduced Castro Becomes Dictator of Cuba
  • 9. 1960s First Televised Presidential Debates! Civil Rights Movement! Berlin Wall Built! Civil Rights Act Passes in U.S.! Peace Corps Founded! Malcolm X Assassinated! Soviets Launch First Man in Space! U.S. Troops to Vietnam! Andy Warhol’s Campbell's Soup Can! Mass Draft Protests in U.S.! Cuban Missile Crisis! Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated! Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring! Robert F. Kennedy Assassinated! Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique! Summer of Love in San Francisco! JFK Assassinated Rock-and-Roll Concert at Woodstock
  • 10. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Books! Terms Art and Music
  • 11. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Books! Terms Art and Music
  • 12. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Books! Terms Art and Music
  • 13. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Poet and publisher of many classic Beat works Books! Terms Art and Music
  • 14. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Poet and publisher of many classic Beat works Remains a poet and professor, wise Buddhist, fire lookout Books! Terms Art and Music
  • 15. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Recently made into a movie staring Kristen Stewart set on the road. Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Poet and publisher of many classic Beat works Remains a poet and professor, wise Buddhist, fire lookout Terms Art and Music
  • 16. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Books! Recently made into a movie staring Kristen Stewart set on the road. Allen Ginsburg’s Howled about the poem about the “best minds” of his “angel-headed generation hipsters” Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Poet and publisher of many classic Beat works Remains a poet and professor, wise Buddhist, fire lookout Terms Art and Music
  • 17. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Recently made into a movie staring Kristen Stewart set on the road. Allen Ginsburg’s Howled about the poem about the “best minds” of his “angel-headed generation hipsters” Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Poet and publisher of many classic Beat works Remains a poet and professor, wise Buddhist, fire lookout Novel about controlling world through addiction Terms Art and Music
  • 18. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Recently made into a movie staring Kristen Stewart set on the road. Allen Ginsburg’s Howled about the poem about the “best minds” of his “angel-headed generation hipsters” Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Novel about controlling world through addiction Neal Cassady’s Poet and publisher of many classic Beat incomplete effort to write his own book works Remains a poet and professor, wise Buddhist, fire lookout Terms Art and Music
  • 19. Beatnik Jeopardy Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Recently made into a movie staring Kristen Stewart set on the road. Allen Ginsburg’s Howled about the poem about the “best minds” of his “angel-headed generation hipsters” Wrote a book in 3days; another on 121-foot scroll Novel about controlling world through addiction Neal Cassady’s Poet and publisher of many classic Beat incomplete effort to write his own book works Remains a poet and Book about the 60s professor, wise starring hero of the Buddhist, fire Beat ‘50s lookout Terms Art and Music
  • 20. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Chick Art and Music
  • 21. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Chick Cat Art and Music
  • 22. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Chick Cat Bread Art and Music
  • 23. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Chick Cat Bread Dig Art and Music
  • 24. understand! ! get it! ! hear you! !
  • 25. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Chick Cat Bread Dig Square Art and Music
  • 26. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Art and Music Chick “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Cat Bread Dig Square
  • 27. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Art and Music Chick “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Cat “Bird” plays the sax like no one else Bread Dig Square
  • 28. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Art and Music Chick “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Cat “Bird” plays the sax like no one else Bread Played the coolest jazz within Miles Dig Square
  • 29. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Art and Music Chick “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Cat “Bird” plays the sax like no one else Bread Played the coolest jazz within Miles Dig Her “Rose” weighed over a ton Square
  • 30. Authors Books! Shot his wife at a party playing William Tell Neal Cassady’s incomplete effort Allen Ginsburg’s poem about the “angel-headed hipsters” Wrote a book in 3- Recently made into a movie staring days; another on Kristen Stewart set 121-foot scroll on the road. Novel about Poet and publisher of many classic Beat controlling world through addiction works Howled about the “best minds” of his generation Remains a poet and Only Beat book (of professor, wise poetry) to win the Buddhist, fire Pulitzer Prize lookout Terms Art and Music Chick “Subterranean Homesick Blues” Cat “Bird” plays the sax like no one else Bread Played the coolest jazz within Miles Dig Her “Rose” weighed over a ton Square His art was like visual jazz
  • 31. What is YOUR generation called?