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.