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"Can you dig it?"
—Cyrus, The Warriors

Hey there, daddy-o.

We're what you call Beatniks. Cool it, cool it, let me explain. You'll often see us wearing shady sunglasses, black sweaters and pants, a beret, sandals, and we'll sometimes carry bongos. We were probably the Badass of our time because we are so hip, but this isn't the 1950s anymore, dig? So if you'll excuse me, I have to cut out now.

In the United States, Beatniks were the counter-culture movement par excellence of the 1950s. Beginning in a cluster of coffeeshops and bookstores[1]] in San Francisco's North Beach district, the Beat movement eschewed cookie-cutter Fifties conformity and enforced happiness in favor of the lived, authentic experience.

The depiction of the Beatnik in popular culture was designed by their detractors, and is a Flanderization of the hangers-on who attached themselves to the Beat movement—essentially the Hipsters of the 1950s. With this in mind, it's not surprising that none of the real members of The Beat Generation (a term coined by Jack Kerouac, signifying both "beat down" or "tired" as well as the musical connotations that came from the shared love of Jazz of many of the writers) actually conform to the Beatnik stereotype, but that might just be because Reality Is Unrealistic.


  1. [http://www.citylights.com/ Some of them, incredibly, are still there.
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