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  1. Beat By: Marc Hnatyshin an Adam Cooke

  2. First Party At Ken Kesey's With Hell's Angels Cool black night thru redwoodscars parked outside in shadebehind the gate, stars dim abovethe ravine, a fire burning by the sideporch and a few tired souls hunched overin black leather jackets. In the hugewooden house, a yellow chandelier at 3 A.M. the blast of loudspeakershi-fi Rolling Stones Ray Charles BeatlesJumping Joe Jackson and twenty youthsdancing to the vibration thru the floor,a little weed in the bathroom, girls in scarlettights, one muscular smooth skinned mansweating dancing for hours, beer cansbent littering the yard, a hanged mansculpture dangling from a high creek branch,children sleeping softly in their bedroom bunks.And 4 police cars parked outside the paintedgate, red lights revolving in the leaves.December 1965

  3. What is beat? • The Beat Generation was a group of post WWII writers that became popular in the 1950s • The topics in beat were mainly, drug experimentation, alternative sexualities, eastern religion, rejection of materialism and the human condition • The main characters surrounding beat were, Allan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs

  4. What is beat? • The writers in Beat were known as new bohemian hedonists • In the 1960s the Beat movement evolved into the Hippie and Counterculture movements • Fun Fact: The Beatles were inspired by the Beat movement, hence the BEAT in Beatles.

  5. Allen Ginsberg • Irwin Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3rd, 1926 • Died on April 5th, 1997 at the age of 70 due to liver cancer and heppatitis • He was against militarism, materialism and sexual repression • His most famous work is an epic poem named ``Howl`` which centres around capitalism and conformity in America

  6. Howl was on trial due to the sodomy laws in the United-States at the time • Howl described his homosexual relationships including those with his lifetime partner Peter Orlovsky • In court the judge ruled the poem to not be obscene

  7. Homework If I were doing my Laundry I'd wash my dirty Iran I'd throw in my United States, and pour on the Ivory Soap, scrub up Africa, put all the birds and elephants back in the jungle, I'd wash the Amazon river and clean the oily Carib & Gulf of Mexico, Rub that smog off the North Pole, wipe up all the pipelines in Alaska, Rub a dub dub for Rocky Flats and Los Alamos, Flush that sparkly Cesium out of Love Canal Rinse down the Acid Rain over the Parthenon & Sphinx, Drain the Sludge out of the Mediterranean basin & make it azure again, Put some blueing back into the sky over the Rhine, bleach the little Clouds so snow return white as snow, Cleanse the Hudson Thames & Neckar, Drain the Suds out of Lake Erie Then I'd throw big Asia in one giant Load & wash out the blood & Agent Orange, Dump the whole mess of Russia and China in the wringer, squeeze out the tattletail Gray of U.S. Central American police state, & put the planet in the drier & let it sit 20 minutes or an Aeon till it came out clean

  8. William s. Burroughs • Williams Seward Burroughs II was born on February 5th, 1914 • He died on August 2nd 1997 at the age of 83 due to a heart attack • He was a novelist, short story writer, essay writer and painter • Burroughs was born into a wealthy family and attended Harvard where he studied English and anthropology

  9. William s. Burroughs • His most famous piece was his third novel “Naked Lunch” which also went to court due to the sodomy laws at the time • Burroughs had one child which he named after himself (William S. Burroughs III) • Bill was also convicted of the manslaughter of his second wife’s (Joan Vollmer)

  10. Jack Kerouac • Jean Louis Kerouac was born on March 12th, 1922 • Died on October 21st 1969 at the age of 47 due to internal bleeding • Kerouac was known as a spontaneous writer who wrote both novels and poems • Kerouac went to Columbia to play football. Once his career ended he stayed in New York where he met his fellow Beat writes (Ginsberg, Burroughs)

  11. Jack Kerouac • Kerouac was enlisted in the Navy where he only spent seven days before being honourably discharged due to psychiatric reasons • His most famous work is his novel “On The Road Again” which is about his travels, the people he meets and, drugs

  12. How To meditate comes a-springing from afar with its held- forth figure of image, you spoof it out, you spuff it off, you fake it, and it fades, and thought never comes-and with joy you realize for the first time 'thinking's just like not thinking- So I don't have to think any more' -lights out- fall, hands a-clasped, into instantaneous ecstasy like a shot of heroin or morphine, the gland inside of my brain discharging the good glad fluid (Holy Fluid) as i hap-down and hold all my body parts down to a deadstop trance-Healing all my sicknesses-erasing all-not even the shred of a 'I-hope-you' or a Loony Balloon left in it, but the mind blank, serene, thoughtless. When a thought