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Beat Generation
Various Artists
Beat Generation
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
 
  •  Track Listings (15) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2

This three-disc set is a gold mine for anyone with even a passing interest in the music, the poetry, and the people of the beat era. The stars--Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs--are here, of course. But so are the players ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Beat Generation
Members Wishing: 7
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/24/1992
Re-Release Date: 11/17/1992
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Jump Blues, Cool Jazz, Latin Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Swing Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Bebop, Jive Jazz, Poetry, Spoken Word & Interviews, Easy Listening, Oldies, By Decade, 1960s, Chamber Music, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaCD Credits: 3
UPC: 081227028121

Synopsis

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This three-disc set is a gold mine for anyone with even a passing interest in the music, the poetry, and the people of the beat era. The stars--Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs--are here, of course. But so are the players (Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan), the architects (Kenneth Patchen, Kenneth Rexroth), the cutups (Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley), the pretenders (Rod McKuen, Edd Byrnes), the critics (Carl Sandburg, Howard K. Smith), and the heirs (Tom Waits). What a great selection of vibrant poetry, hip music, and sonic ephemera. The well-annotated booklet offers classic photos, historical context, cool quotes, and, perhaps most important, an extensive "Beat Bookshelf" that will lead to further exploration. Dig this crazy box, man! --Michael Ruby

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CD Reviews

The end all
mason williams | bloomington, in USA | 02/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"hands down , without a doubt , the most entertaining box set i have ever heard (i own 3,000 + cds) red hot jazz , blues , and lounge with bits of news reports , poetry readings , and general zanniness . i have never laughed so hard while having my mind blown . this collection is so good it almost made me stop buying cds . it can't get any better . now i have to save up for the kerouac box ."
Root, Vout and Dig It ! ! !
Eddie Landsberg | Tokyo, Japan | 01/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What I love about the Beat Generation Box Set is that in addition to serving as a great social portrait of the era, as well as hipster culture, throughout it maintains a sense of humor and focuses on its strange relationship and rivalry with American pop culture. Beyond mere literary readings, a colorful cast of charactors make the scene... from beboppers to hipsters, bongo beating philosophers to comedians and pop icons arise. One track might be Annie Ross's bebopistic tribute to Schizophrenia "Twisted", the next a recitation by Lord Buckley or Ken Nordine - in other tracks, square singers try to cash in on bebop and hipster culture... reporters go out on the streets of Greenwich village in search of America's lost youth, while others show beat generation icons in action from Dizzy Gillespie to Slim Galliard and Ray Brown Jr. - - Cuts from the rare, "How to Speak Hip" and even Lenny Bruce's Psychopathia Sexualis (I'm in Love With a Horse That Comes from Dallas) appear.While by no means comprehensive, the three CDs along with the illustrated booklet are not only educational but incredibly entertaining. If you enjoy this album, be sure to check out a reissue of Ken Nordine's Colors, as well as stuff by Harry The Hipster Gibson, Slim Galliard and Leon Watson, as well as the movie, "Sweet Love Bitter" (based on the life of Charlie Parker.)"
The apocolyptic soul of the beats!!!
M. Hori | 06/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The breath and life of the beat generation is expressed in total array in this box set. The Bird is god and Kerouac is an angel to deliver the soul of truth onto a new generation of tripped out, wild, outcasts which have been labeled "misfits" by the societal concept. Live on true beats."