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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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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.
When The Bloody Brood and A Cool Sound from Hell were made at the end of the 1950s, beatniks were at the height of their induction into the pop-culture vernacular.
In American drive-in films, beatniks are unfailingly portrayed as a dangerous threat to middle-class values.
The Toronto beatnik scene also inspired Furie's second feature, A Cool Sound from Hell.
While the production values are almost non-existent, Klenman and Davidson managed to make the best of a bad situation and ended up with a gritty little juvenile delinquency film that takes the defence of middle-class rebellion seen in the earlier beatnik films to its logical end.
a leading provider of enhanced audio solutions and content for the digital devices, games and the Web, today announced immediate availability of the Beatnik Audio Engine(R) (BAE) for the Intel(R) StrongARM(R) SA-1110 microprocessor.
The Beatnik player is an end user application that provides access to the BAE for audio playback on popular PDAs that use the Intel StrongARM processor.
Given the immense popularity of music and games on handheld devices, the BAE will dramatically enhance audio on devices using Intel's StrongARM processing platform," said Shafath Syed, director of product marketing for Beatnik, Inc.
Jack Kerouac hated the term beatnik, coined by San Francisco columnist Herb Caen in 1958.