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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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Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Laurence Coupe

Manchester University Press

This chapter reviews the lessons on the ‘Beat’ – or ‘beatific’ – vision that was discussed in the previous chapters. It examines the relationship between the fifties writers and the sixties songwriters, emphasising the power of popular song to make complex religious philosophies accessible and to make the spiritual dimension of existence seem immediate. The chapter also discusses the tensions that existed within the Beatles and Bob Dylan.

Keywords:   Beat vision, beatific vision, fifties writers, sixties songwriters, popular song, religious philosophies, spiritual dimension, tensions, Beatles, Bob Dylan

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