Journals Higher Education



Published: 04 January 2011

232 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719071133

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Beat Sound, Beat Vision

The Beat spirit and popular song

Laurence Coupe

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The first sustained study of the spiritual revolution made by the Beats and of its impact on popular song
  • Explores the thinking of Alan Watts, who coined the term 'Beat Zen', and who influenced the counterculture which emerged out of the Beat movement
  • Explains the relevance of Jack Kerouac and his friends Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to songwriters who emerged in the 1960s
  • Offers a new, detailed readings of the lyrics of the Beatles and Bob Dylan
  • Considers the Beat legacy within popular music through the songs of Jim Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Donovan, the Incredible String Band, Van Morrison and Nick Drake