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Beatnik cafe is a play-list full of favourites of the beat generation, memories from the jazz cafés of Greenwich Village in the fifties that cool west coast jazz infused with Latin flavor. These badass urban bohemians could handle the bottle and score some weed. Jack Kerouac and most of his friends spent much of their time in New York clubs such as the Red Drum, Minton's, the Open Door and other hangouts, shooting the breeze and digging the music of the likes of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie or Miles Davis, the Bop Generation. Jazz was the ultimate point of reference, they adopted the image of the brooding, tortured, solitary artist, performing with others, but always alone. They talked the talk, built communal rites around using the drugs, and worshipped the dead jazz musicians most fervently. In this modern jazz, they heard something rebel and nameless that spoke for them, and their lives knew a gospel for the first time. It was more than a music; it became an attitude toward life, a way of walking, a language and a costume, writes John Clellon Holmes in his 1952s novel : Go.



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