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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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‘Vision music’: Bob Dylan via Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg

‘Vision music’: Bob Dylan via Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg

(p.79) 3 ‘Vision music’: Bob Dylan via Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Laurence Coupe

Manchester University Press

This chapter tries to align Bob Dylan with Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, and to determine which of the two serves as Dylan's mentor, noting that Kerouac and Ginsberg had been closely identified with each other and with the Beat movement of the 1950s. The two discovered their irreconcilable differences during the 1960s; Kerouac became disenchanted with the mass counterculture inspired by the Beats' minority subculture, while Ginsberg became a countercultural figurehead. The chapter reveals the tension that informs Dylan's remarkable achievement and places him firmly within the Beat legacy.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, Beat movement, mentor, mass counterculture, minority subculture, countercultural figurehead, tension, Beat legacy, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac

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