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:

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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

Chapter.  537 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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