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Beatniks

 

(from “beat” [beat, break]), a spontaneous, anarchically rebellious youth movement (“the insolent generation”; Russian, razbitnoe pokolenie) that arose after World War II, mainly in the USA and Great Britain; devoid of any positive sociopolitical program whatever. This movement was an expression of the dissatisfaction and protest of young people (primarily petit bourgeois) against the standardized ideal of “success” and the hypocrisy of the bourgeois morality of “good conduct” and “decency.” In breaking with the generally accepted traditional bourgeois way of life, the “radicalism” of beatniks was frequently manifested in the violation of elementary norms of the human community.

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A: No, Wendy is a fantastic comic lyricist, and her lyrics for this show are steeped in the beatnik lingo of the era.
And this is where the question that forms the title of this essay comes in--"Did Beatniks Kill JFK?
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One day in the late '50s, McDarrah received a call from a New York matron, who wanted a real live beatnik (follower of the Beats) to read poetry at her fashionable soiree.
It stars a young Peter Falk as Nico, the smooth-talking mentor to a gang of coffee-house beatniks.
Neil Beatnik, on the other hand, is a slightly more serious musician.
The dark walls were covered at Saturday night's opening with graffiti art - ghoulish ogres and beatniks with bloodshot eyes, rotting teeth and curling, hairy tongues.
They gaze around at the beatniks huddled in a corner, and the female office-workers eyeing what looks like an outrageously gay Elvis impersonator leaning on the bar ("My God
In an era of coffeehouses frequented by beatniks, social revolutionaries and the occasional Dylan wanna-be, there was the Ash Grove.
The enclosed space eventually will contain interactive touch-screen computer kiosks explaining the history and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area, ranging from the Gold Rush and the Great Quake of 1906 to the beatniks of the 1950s and the Flower Power generation a decade later.