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Allen Ginsberg, April 15, 1970; 2-7-17. War Moritorium, SF Civic Center. American poet who vigorously opposed militarism, materialism and sexual repression. In the 1950s, Ginsberg was a leading figure of the Beat Generation, an anarchic group of young men and women who combined poetry, song, sex, wine and illicit drugs with passionate political ideas that championed personal freedoms. Major literary works of the Beat Generation include the novels "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac and "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs, as well as Ginsberg's epic poem "Howl", in which he celebrates his fellow "angelheaded hipsters" and excoriates what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity in the United States.