Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rebels: A Journey Underground: #2 - A New Kind of Bohemian

This is part two of a six part series on bohemian life in the West. This episode takes up the post-World War Two scene in American and Europe. Jazz, Beatnicks, existentialism.

Following World War II, a new period of post-war social complexity overtook America. It was during this turbulent, often repressive Cold War time that Jack Kerouac coined the phrase, "beat" and gave birth to a new literary movement. This film follows the activities of this new breed of writer: Kerouac, Cassady, Ginsburg and a handful of outsiders who became known as the "Beat Generation."

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