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Beat Generation


Beat to his socks, which was once the black’s most total and despairing image of poverty, was transformed into a thing called the Beat Generation, which phenomenon was, largely, composed of "upright" middle class white people, imitating poverty, trying to get down, to get with it, doing their despairing best to be junky, which we the blacks never dreamed of doing-—we were funky, baby, like funk was going out of style.
Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  U.S. counter-culture group of the 1950s who rejected possessions, regular work, and traditional dress for communal living, psychedelic drugs, and anarchism
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The Beat Generation was epitomized by authors such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
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  • Beat to his socks, which was once the black’s most total and despairing image of poverty, was transformed into a thing called the Beat Generation, which phenomenon was, largely, composed of "upright" middle class white people, imitating poverty, trying to get down, to get with it, doing their despairing best to be junky, which we the blacks never dreamed of doing-—we were funky, baby, like funk was going out of style.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Beat Generation [9] , hippie [2] , bohemian [4] , beatnik [7] , Allen Ginsberg [8] , Jack Kerouac [8] , Langston Hughes [8] , hippie [2] , bohemian [4] , beatnik [7]
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