• 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


William S. Burroughs

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Allen Ginsberg

Jack Kerouac

Gary Snyder

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