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Beat Sound, Beat VisionThe Beat Spirit and Popular Song$
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Laurence Coupe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071126

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071126.001.0001

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‘Mantra rock’: the Beatles via Allen Ginsberg

‘Mantra rock’: the Beatles via Allen Ginsberg

(p.121) 4 ‘Mantra rock’: the Beatles via Allen Ginsberg
Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Laurence Coupe

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the connection between the Beatles' vision and Ginsberg's vision. It considers the Beatles' vision as a Beat vision, which has some common features with Ginsberg's. The chapter also aims to assess whether the Beatles realised the Beat ideal in their own distinctive way, while keeping a broad sympathy with Ginsberg's course. It also tries to answer whether the Beatles' development represented the triumph of the Beat ideal of an adventurous art based in popular culture.

Keywords:   Beatles, Beat vision, Beat ideal, adventurous art, popular culture

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