Characteristics:

  • Anti-authoritarian and anti-materialist.

  • Extols individual freedom.

  • Nonconformist in style of dress and speech.

  • Interest in forms of mysticism and drugs.

  • Pure emotion.

  • Experimentation with drugs and alternative forms of sexuality; and interest in Eastern mysticism; a rejection of materialism.

  • Spiritual liberation, sexual revolution.

  • Respect for land and indigenous peoples.

  • Initiated the evolution of rhythm and blues into rock and roll as a high art form.

























Introduction to the Beat Movement




Lessons on the Beat Movement




WRITERS:


William S. Burroughs


Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Allen Ginsberg


Jack Kerouac


Gary Snyder











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