The Beat Wiki

September 16, 2010
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  1. I appreciate how this research project puts the Beats movement in a culturally historical context (“Beat Influences”). After reading Dana Gioia’s essay on the invisibility of poetry today, it’s startling to look back at how socially powerful the Beats movement became. The Beats dominated the Counterculture, which itself was a societal phenomenon.

    The Wiki points to that era’s music as being heavily Beat-en, and that’s a significant point. This is because the emergence of the Beats coincided with the Baby Boomers’ adolescence, and those teens were digging their music. Their jazz-baby parents loved their music, too, and jazz impacted the culture in their day. But that was nothing compared to the tsunami created by the Boomers’ taste in music (and everything else, for that matter). The Boomers turned America into a youth-oriented society, and since rebellion is a part of youth, the Beats movement was the perfect voice for that powerful demographic.

    • I think that’s a really good observation and one that I thought we could’ve talked more about in this wiki. Suffice to say, there was just too much to say about this movement and too little time. However, I think, though it hasn’t been made very explicit in class, you all should feel free to add to the wiki page if you think something has gone unsaid that is of great importance to the movement.

  2. I enjoyed your discussion of the interconnectedness of the various movements. It is interesting to consider how differnt movements and artists have influenced one another, not only in close proximity, but from great distances as well. I think that, in itself, is a great topic with infinite connections.

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