Denmark’s To Beat or Not to Beat

Turèll, Ulrich, Laugesen

Authored by: Lars Movin

The Routledge Handbook of International Beat Literature

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9780415785457
eBook ISBN: 9781315210278
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The year was 1983. The Great Beat Year in Danish history. It all began in January, when Allen Ginsberg arrived by train from Amsterdam to give two shows at Huset (The House) in Copenhagen, after which he proceeded on an almost two-week tour of Denmark, performing at libraries, educational institutions and cultural community centers. It was the 56-year-old poet’s first visit to this part of the world, and he was accompanied by his lover, Peter Orlovsky, also a poet, and the British guitarist Steven Taylor. The atmosphere was relaxed and down-to-earth, with modest hotels or private accommodation, and there was room in the schedule for interviews and socializing with local friends and acquaintances.

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