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Famous and Infamous People, Leaders & Luminaries in Colorado Arts, Culture & Folklore
- Allen Ginsberg -America's once-infamous antiestablishmentarian poet was long very much a part of the Boulder scene where he has long been part of the School for Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. Ginsberg's attachment to the Cowtown region came about at least partly from his close association with famed writer Jack Kerouac both of whom lived for a period in the Capitol Hill and Curtis Park neighborhoods in mid century when the Jack-pack developed their beat mentality. Kerouac coined the "Beat Generation" phrase, possibly in conjunction with New York hustler Herbert Hunke's invention of the word "Beat". The Beat thing grew out of cultural crossover from influences like the American depression of the early 1930 with its assorted working class movements and a rejection of consumerism, war and imperialism. In the 1950s Beat was also defined by a desire to hit the road after America's baby boom redefined freedom from postwar glory into a search for young and revitalized energies. The Beats were possibly the most influential thing upon popular music ever because they were a force of lifestyle which later became the thriving "freak" scene which became copied to a washout as the "hippy" scene which in turned became today's super washed out "alternative" scene, which is largely mainstream. Some of you may recall that the Beats were widely imitated in the 1950s by a largely consumeristic culture of 'beatnicks' who knew nothing except how to say "hey, daddio." The beatniks became the first largescale culture vulture phenomenon to bring about a massively distorted view of the Beats even to this day. The beatniks were a hollow copyism about style. The actual Beats were authentic writers, musicians and other artists devoted to the innermost beaititudes of human experience.
Ginsberg, drawing on Herbert Hunke, explained "Beat" essentially as the state of being and feeling beaten, forced down, driven out, a condition that either vanquishes or compels one to absolute rebirth.
- Jill Goodachre - CAN received a tip about a "supermodel" named Jill Goodachre who has been married to singer Harry Connick Jr.
- Bob Greenlee - Bob was behind a big national radio deal involving format and KBCO.
- Pam Grier - This actress-playwright and Denver native has been nominmated for the Golden Globe award for best music or comic actress. She starred in several films in the 1970s including "Sheba, Baby," "Coffee" and "Foxy Brown", films which in retrospect, some regard as somewhat typecast for black culture. More recently she starred in the Quentin Tarantino film "Jackie Brown" alongside Robert Deniro. Pam attended East High School. She has been nominated for the NAACP Image Award.
- The Pam Grier Experience
ref: Columnist Dick Kreck in RMN 97De31We; Cinemania and other web sites.
- James Guercio - Caribou Ranch/owner; record producer. Caribou has been a backwoods haunt for at least one of the Beatles and some other famous rockers.
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