A History of the Beats

The Best Minds of My Generation

Above: Portrait de William S.-Burroughs devant leThéâtre de l'Odéon, Paris.


A unique and compelling history of the Beats, in the words of the movement’s center, Allen Ginsberg. In 1977, twenty years after the publication of “Howl” and Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”, Allen Ginsberg began teaching a course on the history of The Beat Generation. Here for the first time Ginsberg shares his friendships with Kerouac, Burroughs and other writers of the time and explains his own poetry and the importance of music to the Beats. This is a personal yet critical look at one of the most important literary movements of the twentieth century.