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  • David Sterritt


What did the Beat Generation have in common with the Hippies of the 1960s? Was the ‘flower-child’ agenda an extension of the Beat's main interests? ‘The Beat legacy’ considers what impact the Beats have made on culture, literature, music, and art today. The very haziness of the Beat agenda helps account for its ongoing appeal. Subsequent generations have carried the Beat tradition of blending antiauthoritarian edginess with cynicism about clearly targeted protest. The Beat Generation's influence still lingers, and its rebellious values remain popular. The best ideas the Beats came up with still appear as new today as they did then.

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