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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

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

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071126.003.0005

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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