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Beatnik was a media stereotype prevalent throughout the 1950s to mid-1960s that displayed the more superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s. Elements of the beatnik trope included pseudo-intellectualism, drug use, and a cartoonish depiction of real-life people along with the spiritual quest of Jack Kerouac's autobiographical fiction.

Fashion

  • Berets.
  • Baker boy caps.
  • Bullet-bras. (or lack of bra).
  • Monochrome black outfits.
  • Cropped sweaters.
  • Black and white striped shirts.
  • Black leggings.
  • Cigarette pants.
  • Turtle necks.
  • Leather jacket.
  • Dark sunglasses(often oversized).
  • Loafer shoes.
  • Pointed-toe shoes.
  • Dark opaque tights.
  • Heavy eyeliner.

Books

  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1975)

Movies

  • D.O.A. (1949)
  • Roman Holiday (1953)
  • Funny Face (1957)
  • Bell Book and Candle (1958)
  • A Bucket of Blood (1959)
  • The Beat Generation (1959)
  • Beat, Beat, Beat (1959)
  • That thing you do! (1996)
  • Kill Your Darlings (2013)

Music genres

  • Bebop

Notable Figures

  • Allen Ginsberg
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Diane di Prima
  • Hettie Jones
  • Denise Levertor
  • Joyce Johnson
  • Lew Welch
  • Michael McCloe
  • Gary Snyder

Gallery

Beatnik Political Party, 1960.

Women Painting in Seine, Paris, 1949.

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