In her article "The Greek Beat and Underground Scene of the 1960s and 1970s" Eftychia Mikelli discusses the renewed interest in the Beat Generation in Greece. She argues that it is less known that the Beats exercised significant influence upon Greek underground literature and culture in the sixties and seventies, inspiring the development of a Greek Beat "hybrid." Bearing the influences of US-American Beat, new writing emerged which was also shaped by a distinctively Athenian social and cultural context, eventually leading to the formation of the Greek "Scene." This is the term by which Beat-influenced Greek artists, such as Spyros Meimaris and Panos Koutrouboussis, were introduced in Σήμα (Sima) magazine (issue 9, 1975). Focusing mainly on texts published in this issue, Mikelli explores the literary and cultural significance of the early stages of the development of the Beat and Underground Scene in Greece thus charting further Transatlantic Beat connections.
"The Greek Beat and Underground Scene of the 1960s and 1970s."
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