Posted on February 15th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Beat Generation,Fads & Toys,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Baby Boomers were just coming-of-age when Beatniks were in their high bongo days. The earliest boomers might have dabbled in those rebellious waters or had an older sibling who did. How much do you know about the Beatniks?

Match the quote to the writer:

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…

I am waiting for a rebirth of wonder.

I picture a world full of rucksack Dharma bums refusing to subscribe to the general demand that they consume products and therefore have to work for the privilege of consuming all that crap they didn’t really want…

The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. Seek mystery, evoke mystery…The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.

Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg

One of the following is not a beatnik novel or poem:

On the Road

The Naked Lunch

The Naked and the Dead

Coney Island of the Mind

Beatniks had a pop culture reputation for violence as well as mellowness.

Their literature was filled with defiance and alienation. Hollywood often focused on the sensational, and mixed portrayals of “beats” with juvenile delinquents. Dig this frosted flick, man:


The star of the movie is a young actor who went on to fame as a regular in one of the most popular television shows of the late 1960s. Can you identify him in the movie trailer above?

Answers to Baby Boomer Trivia Questions in post later today

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