May
19

Berkeley Research Update

I’ve begun the research that will underscore my thesis’s conclusions. Over this past Spring Break, I conducted research in the University of California Berkeley’s Bancroft Library Special Collections. The City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco was a central hub from which Beat poets and other important figures operated. In fact, the pocket version of Howl…
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May
02

Abstract: Performing the Spiritual in Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”

The connections between jazz and Beat poetry stand out as defining aspects of counterculture in discussions of the transformative culture of the 1950s and 1960s. In his classic novel On the Road, Jack Kerouac made clear the connections between his writerly aesthetics and jazz, and other writers like Norman Mailer and John Clellon Holmes celebrated…
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