A young person in the 1950s and early 1960s belonging to a subculture associated with the beat generation.
- They always do things ‘different’ out there - surfers, hippies, beatniks, and Hollywood are always the things people ask about, and they're believed to be the role models for how Californians think.
- But as these long-haired beatniks graduated from Düsseldorf Conservatory, they became frustrated with both classical formalism and avant-garde jazz.
- The first wave of post-war rebels, beatniks were arty, defiant and left-field.
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