The Beat Generation

A program from the series Project 59. This one aired in February 1959 and was an hour about the beat generation. The Beats were a group of American poets who saw themselves as challenging traditional American values and shaking up the status quo. They tended to wear black, listen to experimental jazz music and listen to poetry in coffeehouses. Their heroes were Jack Kerouac, author of On the Road, Allen Ginsberg, and his poem Howl and William S. Burroughs who wrote Naked Lunch.

This hour has some language issues- the use of certain words has definitely changed since 1959- some issues with sound quality, and some dubious connections- like associating the beat attitude with schizophrenia, but nevertheless, you sure to find it an entertaining and fascinating hour.