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6/9/2018 - Beatniks vs. Hippies vs. Punks? No Contest! Lecture

On Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:30pm, Alan Bisbort will give a talk illuminating the similarities of three distinct American subcultures: beatniks, hippies, and punks. This is a part of the Southbury Public Library’s Adult Summer Series “Revisiting Our History at the Southbury Public Library.”

Beatniks, hippies, and punks are normally seen as three distinct American subcultures that were developed by three distinct generations mostly out of youthful rebellion. Alan Bisbort, author of Beatniks: A Guide to an American Subculture and Rhino’s Psychedelic Trip, will turn that viewpoint on its head. He uses his presentation to show how these three subcultures were kindred spirits and that the bohemian baton that was picked up in the 1950s has been passed down to the present day. Using original artifacts, recordings, pieces from his voluminous archive, and interchanges with the audience, Bisbort entertains while also drawing attention to the bohemian links that we all share, regardless of our age.

Alan Bisbort is an author, editor, and teacher whose books include Rhino’s Psychedelic Trip (Miller Freeman), White Rabbit & Other Delights: East Totem West, A Hippie Company, 1967-1969 (Pomegranate), and Beatniks: A Guide to An American Subculture (ABC-CLIO). He teaches popular courses for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UConn-Waterbury called “Beatniks vs. Hippies? No Contest!” and “Propaganda in American History.” He is currently editor in chief of the punk cultural website and an editor at the website

Like all Southbury Public Library programs, this presentation is free to attend and open to anyone regardless of town of residency. Registration is required. Please call 203-262-0626 ext. 130 to register. This program is sponsored by the Charles H. and Ella Emery Rutledge Fund and the Friends of the Southbury Public Library.