"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked" - Allen Ginsberg
While the modern image of a "beatnik" is a lanky man wearing black shades and a french baret playing a pair of bongos, the actual Beat Generation of the mid 20th century was a revolutionary literary movement. One of the biggest names in this movement was poet Allen Ginsberg, best known for his poem "Howl". Howl denounced capitalism and conformity in America and was put under heavy scrutiny for its counter-cultural themes and open references to homosexual and heterosexual sex both within and outside the United States. Ginsberg was a staunch advocate for non-violent protests, and was a supporter of communism (Ginsberg himself was never technically a member of the communist party).