Volume 80, Number 23 | November 4 - 10, 2010
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Photos by Clayton Patterson

Bad Brains and the man who gave Beats their name
Crowd-surfing, hardcore punk fans at CBGB went flying at a high-energy concert by the Bad Brains circa late 1980’s, above. Herbert Huncke, below, is reputed to have coined the term Beat Generation, when — asked by Jack Kerouac how he felt his generation would be remembered — he said of his hard lifestyle, “I’m beat — beat to my socks.” A small-time thief and junkie, once known as The Mayor of 42nd St., Huncke was also a poet and writer. He appears in Kerouac’s “On the Road” as the character Elmer Hassel. In his later years he lived at Seventh St. and Avenue D and also the Chelsea Hotel. He died at age 81 in 1996.

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