THE BEATS RISE AGAIN FOR ONE NIGHT OF GLORY
as poets conjure up the spirit of the Beat Generation.
Peace Poet Ana Elsner joins in the nostalgiaon Wednesday, April 22nd at 7pm
at The Beat Museum,
540 Broadway (near Columbus Avenue),
in San Francisco's famed North Beach District
The word "beatnik" was coined by San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen in an article that appeared in the paper on April 2, 1958. Caen made up the term six months after the launch of Sputnik 1, the first Russian earth-orbiting satellite, by adding the Russian suffix -nik to the moniker 'Beat' that defined the Beat Generation of Kerouac and Ginsberg.
Beatniks were the embodiment of a literary and socio-cultural movement in the 1950s and early 1960s that subscribed to a rebellious non-conformist lifestyle, stressing the importance of bettering one's inner self over and above material possessions.
Central elements of Beat culture include a rejection of mainstream American values, experimentation with drugs and alternate forms of sexuality, and an interest in Eastern spirituality.
In the course of the 1960s, the Beat culture gradually gave way to the popular Sixties Counterculture. The term "beatniks" fell into obsolescence and was replaced by the new label "hippies" to describe a movement that adopted new styles of dress, experimented with psychedelic drugs, lived communally and developed a vibrant music scene.
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