Hearing on the Gas House, Part 3


Sept. 8, 1959: This is the third part of a transcript of testimony by “Holy Barbarians” author Lawrence Lipton before the the Los Angeles Police Commission on the Gas House, the Beat hangout in Venice.  Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.

Excerpt: “A square is a person who is a conformist with the ways and — of society, its institutions; does not question them and — does not subscribe to the way of life of a Beatnik. This does not mean he is an anti-Beatnik. He might be a Sunday Beatnik who comes around only on weekends for his fling….”

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Sgt. Looy: Excuse me. Could I make a continuing objection. I think the protestants who stated their objections to the juke box was as to the volume of it. Whether it was weird or not is not an issue.

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