background preloader

Beat Generation

Facebook Twitter

Ken Kesey & The Merry Pranksters. Jackson Pollock's "Psychoanalytic Drawings" Until recently the psychoanalysis of art was restricted to dead artists.

Jackson Pollock's "Psychoanalytic Drawings"

In the hands of Freud, retrospective analysis was an extension of the 19th-century idea of art as a means of contact with great minds. For all the distressing symptoms that he detected in Leonardo, Freud's view of artists was essentially old-fashioned and ennobling. Subsequent psychoanalysts possessed neither Freud's tact nor his sense of the continuum of culture, with the result that crude post-mortems on absent heads flourished. AMERICAN MUSEUM OF BEAT ART. Lysergic acid diethylamide. Lysergic acid diethylamide, abbreviated LSD or LSD-25, also known as lysergide (INN) and colloquially as acid, is a semisynthetic psychedelic drug of the ergoline family, well known for its psychological effects which can include altered thinking processes, closed- and open-eye visuals, synesthesia, an altered sense of time and spiritual experiences, as well as for its key role in 1960s counterculture.

Lysergic acid diethylamide

It is used mainly as an entheogen, recreational drug, and as an agent in psychedelic therapy. LSD is non-addictive, is not known to cause brain damage, and has extremely low toxicity relative to dose.[3] However, acute adverse psychiatric reactions such as anxiety, paranoia, and delusions are possible.[4] LSD was first synthesized by Albert Hofmann in 1938 from ergotamine, a chemical derived by Arthur Stoll from ergot, a grain fungus that typically grows on rye.

Effects Physical. Merry Pranksters. The Merry Pranksters were a group of people who formed around American author Ken Kesey in 1964.

Merry Pranksters

The group promoted the use of psychedelic drugs. Eastward bus journey[edit] The psychedelically painted bus had its stated destination as being "further. " Psychedelic 60s: Ken Kesey & the Merry Pranksters. William%20S.%20Burroughs%20-%20Naked%20Lunch. Howl by Allen Ginsberg. For Carl Solomon.

Howl by Allen Ginsberg

Acid Tests. Magic Trip (Official Movie Site) - Starring Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady and The Merry Band of Pranksters - A Film by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood - Available on DVD. Press Previous Next -The Huffington Post -The Seattle Times.

Magic Trip (Official Movie Site) - Starring Ken Kesey, Neal Cassady and The Merry Band of Pranksters - A Film by Alex Gibney and Alison Ellwood - Available on DVD

Ken Kesey. Joan Vollmer. Joan Vollmer (February 4, 1923 – September 6, 1951[2]) was the most prominent female member of the early Beat Generation circle.

Joan Vollmer

While a student at Barnard College, she became the roommate of Edie Parker (later married to Jack Kerouac). Their apartment became a gathering place for the Beats during the 1940s, where Vollmer was often at the center of marathon, all night discussions. In 1946, she began a relationship with William S. Burroughs, later becoming his common-law wife. In 1951, Burroughs killed Vollmer by shooting her in the head in what was apparently a drunken attempt at playing William Tell. Early life and education[edit] Paul Adams divorced Vollmer upon returning from military service.

Several years later, when Vollmer and Burroughs were living together in Texas, Ginsberg encouraged Burroughs to break up with Vollmer, believing that Burroughs could never return her total devotion. Marriage to Burroughs[edit] Death[edit] Neal Cassady. Neal Leon Cassady (February 8, 1926 – February 4, 1968) was a major figure of the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the psychedelic and counterculture movements of the 1960s.

Neal Cassady

He was prominently featured as himself in the original "scroll" (first draft) version, and served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac's 1957 version of the novel On the Road. Biography[edit] Early years[edit] Cassady was born to Maude Jean (Scheuer) and Neal Marshall Cassady in Salt Lake City, Utah.[1] His mother died when he was ten, and he was raised by his alcoholic father in Denver, Colorado. Cassady spent much of his youth living on the streets of skid row with his father or in reform school. Personal life[edit] Jack Kerouac. Jean-Louis "Jack" Kérouac (/ˈkɛruːæk/ or /ˈkɛrɵæk/; March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist and poet.

Jack Kerouac

He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. William S. Burroughs. Allen Ginsberg. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (/ˈɡɪnzbɜːrɡ/; June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet, philosopher, writer, and activist.

Allen Ginsberg

He is considered to be one of the leading figures of both the Beat Generation during the 1950s and the counterculture that soon followed. He vigorously opposed militarism, economic materialism and sexual repression and was known as embodying various aspects of this counterculture, such as his views on drugs, hostility to bureaucracy and openness to Eastern religions.[1] He was one of many influential American writers of his time known as the Beat Generation, which included famous writers such as Jack Kerouac and William S.

Burroughs. Ginsberg was a practicing Buddhist who studied Eastern religious disciplines extensively. His collection The Fall of America shared the annual U.S. Biography[edit] The Beatles. The Beatles were an English rock band that formed in Liverpool, in 1960.

The Beatles

With John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the greatest and most influential act of the rock era.[1] Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania", but as their songwriting grew in sophistication they came to be perceived as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era's sociocultural revolutions. History. Beat Generation.