♥ Book Title : The Beats: A Very Short Introduction
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book offers a concise overview of the social, cultural, and aesthetic sensibilities of the Beat Generation, explaining how their drastic visions and radical styles challenged postwar America's dominant values in ways that can still be felt in literature, cinema, music, theatre, and the visual arts."Article| David Sterritt| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Keeping the Beat
☯ Full Synopsis : "Randy is happy that her group won the battle of the bands contest, but when a record agent hires them for a party, Randy's not sure they're ready for success."Article| L. E. Blair| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : In the Heart of the Beat
☯ Full Synopsis : "Despite its extraordinary popularity and worldwide influence, the world of rap and hip hop is under constant attack. Impressions and interpretations of its meaning and power are perpetually being challenged. Somewhere someone is bemoaning the negative impact of rap music on contemporary culture. In In the Heart of the Beat: The Poetry of Rap, bestselling author and scholar Alexs Pate argues for a fresh understanding of rap as an example of powerful and effective poetry, rather than a negative cultural phenomenon. Pate articulates a way of "reading" rap that makes visible both its contemporary and historical literary values. He encourages the reader to step beyond the dominance of the beat and the raw language and come to an appreciation of rap's literary and poetic dimensions. What emerges is a vision of rap as an exemplary form of literary expression, rather than a profane and trendy musical genre. Pate focuses on works by several well-known artists to reveal in rap music, despite its penchant for vulgarity, a power and beauty that is the heart of great literature."Article| Alexs Pate| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : This Is the Beat Generation
☯ Full Synopsis : "In New York in 1944, Campbell finds the leading members of what was to become the Beat Generation in the shadows of madness and criminality. Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs had each seen the insides of a mental hospital and a prison by the age of 30. This book charts the transformation of these experiences into literature, and a literary movement that spread across the globe. 35 photos."Article| James Campbell| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Philosophy of the Beats
☯ Full Synopsis : "The phrase "beat generation" -- introduced by Jack Kerouac in 1948 -- characterized the underground, nonconformist youths who gathered in New York City at that time. Together, these writers, artists, and activists created an inimitably American cultural phenomenon that would have a global influence. In their constant search for meaning, the Beats struggled with anxiety, alienation, and their role as the pioneers of the cultural revolution of the 1960s. The Philosophy of the Beats explores the enduring literary, cultural, and philosophical contributions of the Beats in a variety of contexts. Editor Sharin N. Elkholy has gathered leading scholars in Beat studies and philosophy to analyze the cultural, literary, and biographical aspects of the movement, including the drug experience in the works of Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, feminism and the Beat heroine in Diane Di Prima's writings, Gary Snyder's environmental ethics, and the issue of self in Bob Kaufman's poetry. The Philosophy of the Beats provides a thorough and compelling analysis of the philosophical underpinnings that defined the beat generation and their unique place in modern American culture."Article| Sharin N. Elkholy| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Beat Generation
☯ Full Synopsis : "The relaxed, gritty and candid writing of the revolutionary Beat Generation, including Kerouac's On the Road and Ginsberg's Howl, has inspired generations. In his chronicle of the inner workings of the Beat movement and its members, Christopher Gair reveals why their fresh approach to literature and a bohemian lifestyle has created one of the most important movements in American literature that has influenced everything from bebop to the Beastie Boys."Article| Christopher Gair| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Cambridge Companion to the Beats
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Cambridge Companion to the Beats offers an in-depth overview of one of the most innovative and popular literary periods in America, the Beat era. The Beats were a literary and cultural phenomenon originating in New York City in the 1940s that reached worldwide significance. Although its most well-known figures are Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the Beat movement radiates out to encompass a rich diversity of figures and texts that merit further study. Consummate innovators, the Beats had a profound effect not only on the direction of American literature, but also on models of socio-political critique that would become more widespread in the 1960s and beyond. Bringing together the most influential Beat scholars writing today, this Companion provides a comprehensive exploration of the Beat movement, asking critical questions about its associated figures and arguing for their importance to postwar American letters."Article| Steven Belletto| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : On the Beat
☯ Full Synopsis : "The young man is listening to Grandpa tell about the time he was a Deputy Sheriff. He sits on the edge of his seat as Grandpa tells about wild chases, murders he investigated, fights he had and the interesting calls he went on. Later in time, Grandpa passes away and the young man wishes he would have written down some of the things Grandpa said. Now those stories are gone forever. Michael Patrick retired in 2005 after a 33 year career in law enforcement. He realized he could be that "Grandpa" and unless he wrote his experiences down now they would be lost forever. "On The Beat" chronicles the law enforcement career of Michael Patrick. It tells about the agencies he worked for and the beats he worked. Read about wild car chases, a shooting he was in, murders he investigated, the fights and many of the interesting calls he went on. Read entries from a diary he kept in the beginning years when he was a "know-it-all rookie." "On The Beat" will give you an accurate picture of the career and personality of a veteran law enforcement officer...."Article| Michael Patrick| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : I Just Can't Stop It
☯ Full Synopsis : "This is the story of one of the UK's biggest 2-Tone bands, The Beat, who at the height of their fame in the early 80's, had three top-selling UK albums and like the Specials, epitomized the 2-tone multi-racial approach to music and life in urban Britain. The story begins in 1979, when 16 year-old Birmingham school boy Roger - a punk fan - was invited to appear on stage at a local pub with the newly formed ska band, The Beat. Roger's energetic style and Jamaican-influenced vocals, paired with Dave Wakeling's angelic pop vocals, immediately distinguished the band from the other ska bands making waves, The Specials, Selecter and Madness. Now back recording new albums, and playing sell-out international dates, The Beat - fronted by Ranking Roger - tell, for the first time, their extraordinary story with acclaimed music writer Daniel Rachel ('Walls Come Tumbling Down')."Article| Daniel Rachel| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Beat Generation in San Francisco
☯ Full Synopsis : "The ultimate literary guide to San Francisco, packed with fabulous photos and scintillating anecdotes."Article| Bill Morgan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Beat of Life
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♥ Book Title : Screening the Beats: Media Culture and the Beat Sensibility
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| David Sterritt| Statement ..."