The Beat Generation Meets The Blank Generation

Enjoy this reblog!

What I Like Is Sounds

I’ve heard Richard Hell and the Voidoids sing “Blank Generation” hundreds—if not thousands—of times.  It’s one of those anthemic songs you need to sing along to in a wonderfully exaggerated fashion.  Punk and rockabilly and just kickass in every way, it’s an excellent example of rock and roll perfection.

I belong to the Blank Generation

and I can take it or leave it each time

What I did not know until recently was the inspiration behind the song.  I have had The Beat Generation boxed set for probably a couple decades, but I never noticed how much one of the novelty songs in this collection sounds like “Blank Generation.”   

While I was working on an essay about the Beats and their influence on my writing, I listened to this set for the first time in I don’t know how long.  As soon as I heard my literary hero Jack…

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