The Beat goes on!
The Beat Generation itself has had a huge influence on Western Culture.
They had a large intellectual effect in encouraging the questioning of authority and many of them were very active in popularizing interest in Zen Buddhism in the West.
The Beat writers were a small group of close friends first, and a movement later. The term "Beat Generation" gradually came to represent an entire period in time.
The core group consisted of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, who met in uptown Manhattan in the mid-40's.
Most of them struggled for years to get published, and it is inspiring to learn how they managed to keep each other from giving up hope when it seemed their writings would never be understood.
They were the first group of people to defy the norm. To speak out what they felt was wrong. To make them selves heard!
They were a liberation force.
As questions demand answers!
Kerouac, Ginsberg & friends in New York ( silent footage)
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