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We've Got the Beats

Sep 23, 2010 2:52 PM | 0 comments

The Beat Poetswho include Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassadystill fascinate and inspire, and every few years they reappear in the popular psyche. On Friday, September 24, the movie Howl opens, chronicling the publication of and censorship trial around what is perhaps Allen Ginsberg’s most famous poem. The film, blending documentary material with narrative, stars James Franco as a young Ginsberg. And a movie version of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road is in the works, due out 2011.

There have been many film adaptations and published ruminations on this culture-changing group and era. I took a look in our stacks to see what hip, happenin’ and cool sources can be found there. Check some out for yourself.


Howl by Allen Ginsberg

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Neal Cassady: The Fast Life of a Beat Hero by David Sandison & Graham Vickers

I'm Not There, directed by Todd Haynes

Naked Lunch, directed by David Cronenberg

Beat Voices: An Anthology of Beat Poetry, edited by David Kherdian

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