Beatniks: Boomers? Literary Visionaries? Cultural Rebels? Street Thugs? Maynard G. Krebs?

  With all due respect to Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the Beat Movement was closer to Greenwich Street in San Francisco – a 20 minute jaunt to fabled North Beach. Here is where the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, and Ferlinghetti roamed the streets and back alleys. City Lights was the mecca Beat book store.   InRead the Rest…

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Boomers Just Hang: Be-In There Or Be Square

Posted on March 15th, 2017 in 1960s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

  January 14, 1967. It quickly became a hippie badge of honor. Golden Gate Park, a few months and few blocks from ground zero of the San Francisco Summer of Love. We’re talking about the first, the historic, star-studded, stoned-out Be-In, officially known as the Human Be-In, A Gathering of the Tribes.  The direct inspiration was to protest a newRead the Rest…

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Beatniks. Boomers? Literary Visionaries? Cultural Rebels? Street Thugs?or Maynard G. Krebs?

Posted on April 8th, 2015 in 1950s,1960s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Crime,Movies by Terry Hamburg

  With all due respect to Greenwich Village, the epicenter of the Beat Movement was closer to Greenwich Street in San Francisco – a 20 minute jaunt to fabled North Beach. Here is where the likes of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Cassady, and Ferlinghetti roamed the streets and back alleys. City Lights was the mecca Beat book store.   InRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Celebrity: Who Am I?

Posted on May 20th, 2013 in 1970s,1980s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Hippie,New Left,Politics,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

  I was the most outrageous and stoned writer of the baby boomer era. I invented a special kind of journalism that became a pop culture fad – you get personally, subjectively involved with your subjects. Truth? What is truth? Truth is what you experience. Experience is seldom polished, rational, or polite.   I becameRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Slang: Are You Hip To The Jive, Clyde?

Posted on May 4th, 2013 in Beat Generation,Counterculture/New Age,Music,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, is from 1964 and came from jazz jargon. It’s likely based on the notion of putting something in a bag, thus possessing it. Example: “Folk music is my bag, man.” It was a weekend hipster word that fell out of use in the 1970s. Boggie originally referredRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Slang. Can You Dig It?

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 in Beat Generation,Counterculture/New Age,Hippie,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution by Terry Hamburg

We talked the talk. We walked the walk. Here’s where it came from. Bag, as a particular interest or area of expertise, entered pop culture around 1964 and derives from jazz jargon. It’s likely based on the notion of putting something in a bag, thus possessing it. Example: “Folk music is my bag, man.” ItRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer 1950s: Best of Times, Worst of Times

Posted on May 12th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Beat Generation,Pop Culture by Terry Hamburg

Worst: As Allen Ginsberg penned in the great Beatnik poem, Howl: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness…” Best: What you saw was a handful of elitist intellectuals and artists grouse about popular acceptance of the status quo. Worst: Do you deny that conformity, repression, racism and sexism were the normRead the Rest…

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Baby Boomer Jungle

Posted on May 4th, 2011 in 1950s,1960s,Beat Generation,Celebrities,Crime,Movies,Pop Culture,Television by Terry Hamburg

Few movies in the 1950s caused as much pop culture buzz and dismay as The Blackboard Jungle. While television celebrated an idyllic baby boomer suburban life, the big screen told a story of youth anger, rebellion and crime. Which was the real baby boomer America? Both. Throughout the 1950s, “juvenile delinquency” and adolescent “crime waves”Read the Rest…

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BABY BOOMER TRIVIA QUESTIONS

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…Read the Rest…

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LET’S PARTY LIKE IT’S 1966

His parties were infamous. He was a Pied Piper for young, impressionable baby boomers, a wild man disguised behind a tweed suit, pipe sucking, staid English facade. Young “Professor Ted” was a step ahead of the times, especially at conservative University of Southern California. His annual Spring Solstice soiree at his sprawling “pad” was anRead the Rest…

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