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By Laurence Coupe

ISBN-10: 0719071127

ISBN-13: 9780719071126

This publication finds the guidelines in the back of the Beat imaginative and prescient which stimulated the Beat sound of the songwriters who on from them. Having explored the taking into consideration Alan Watts, who coined the time period "Beat Zen", and who motivated the counterculture which emerged out of the Beat flow, it celebrates Jack Kerouac as a author in pursuit of a "beatific" imaginative and prescient. in this foundation, the booklet is going directly to clarify the relevance of Kerouac and his acquaintances Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder to songwriters who emerged within the Nineteen Sixties.

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He makes this clear in the following statement on the ideological alternatives available in the late 1960s: Coupe 00 22/3/07 20 01:04 Page 20 Beat sound, Beat vision If the counterculture movement was the exoticisation of the West by means of incense-burning easternisation, the threat to global capitalist power came in those days from the antiimperialist struggle also most effectively articulated by Maoists in the East (and Black Panthers wielding little red books in East Compton). 20 Though he admits that the latter movements ‘did not succeed in precipitating revolutions in the West’, he nonetheless makes it clear that he regards them as having the advantage of political clarity and commitment.

79) Of course, in making this statement, he runs the risk of appearing to identify with the spirit of ‘beat’ Zen – which the original essay queries as much as it does that of ‘square’ Zen. ) There again, the premiss of the essay is that Zen is so beautifully simple that it is bound to invite competing interpretations. On the one hand, there will be those who yearn for the strict ritual and rules of formal Japanese Zen. On the other hand, there will be those who cannot believe their luck, as the Zen ideal of spontaneity seems to offer them an excuse for avoiding all restraints.

On the one hand, there will be those who yearn for the strict ritual and rules of formal Japanese Zen. On the other hand, there will be those who cannot believe their luck, as the Zen ideal of spontaneity seems to offer them an excuse for avoiding all restraints. He invokes the earlier Chinese form of Zen to make his point, emphasising that its naturalness should not be confused with irresponsibility: How remote from the regimen of the Japanese Zen monastery are the words of the great T’ang master Lin-chi: In Buddhism there is no place for using effort.

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