America has gave birth to many different interesting cultures. The Beat culture was definitely one of the most cool & influential ones. Those who subscribed to the Beat philosophy were against the consumption of wealth. It was a way of life that inspired artists like Bob Dylan & The Beatles. Here’s more from Wikipedia:
“Since 1958, the terms Beat Generation and beat have been used to describe the anti-materialistic literary movement that began with Kerouac in 1948, stretching on into the 1960s. The Beat philosophy of anti-materialism and soul-searching influenced 1960s musicians such as Bob Dylan, the early Pink Floyd and The Beatles.
At the time that the terms were coined, there was a trend amongst young college students to adopt the stereotype, with men wearing goatees and berets, rolling their own cigarettes and playing bongos. Fashions for women included black leotards and wearing their hair long, straight and unadorned in a rebellion against the middle-class culture of beauty salons. Marijuana use was associated with the subculture, and during the 1950s, Aldous Huxley‘s The Doors of Perception further influenced views on drugs.”(End of Excerpt) Read the entire entry here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatnik
This video is a documentary on The Beat Generation. If you weren’t born during this era like me, you will be able to get a feel for what it was like back then. I’ve always imagined 1950″s society to be similar to “Leave It To Beaver” & “I Love Lucy”. The Beat culture was such a cool contrast to the squeaky-clean Stepford society of the 1950’s. Oh, how I wish I could have witnessed Jack Kerouac read his poetry in person instead of having to rely on you-tube.Vodpod videos no longer available.