‘Mantra rock’: the Beatles via Allen Ginsberg

Laurence Coupe

in Beat Sound, Beat Vision

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071126
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702079 | DOI:
‘Mantra rock’: the Beatles via Allen Ginsberg

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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

Chapter.  17806 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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