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The Rebel Café The art and antics of rebellious figures in 1950s American nightlife from the Beat Generation to eccentric jazz musicians and comedians have long fascinated fans and scholars alike In The Rebel Café Stephen R Duncan flips the frame focusing on the New York and San Francisco bars nightclubs and coffeehouses from which these cultural icons emerged Duncan shows that the sexy smoky sites of bohemian Greenwich Village and North Beach offered not just entertainment but doorways to a new sociopolitical consciousnessThis book is a collective biography of the places that harbored beatniks blabbermouths hipsters playboys and partisans who altered the shape of postwar liberal politics and culture Throughout this period Duncan argues nightspots were crucial albeit informal institutions of the American democratic public sphere Amid the Red Scare's repressive politics the urban underground of New York and San Francisco acted as both a fallout shelter for left wingers and a laboratory for social experimentationTouching on literary figures from Norman Mailer and Amiri Baraka to Susan Sontag as well as performers ranging from Dave Brubeck to Maya Angelou to Lenny Bruce The Rebel Café profiles hot spots such as the Village Vanguard the hungry i the Black Cat Cafe and the White Horse Tavern Ultimately the book provides a deeper view of 1950s America not simply as the black and white precursor to the Technicolor flamboyance of the sixties but as a rich period of artistic expression and identity formation that blended cultural production and politics

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