beatnik

In the 1950s and early 1960s, a young person who wore a black turtleneck and a beret while playing the bongos would probably be called a beatnik.

Beatniks were a youthful subculture that was influenced by jazz music and Beat poets and writers, like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. This unconventional group rejected the status quo of "normal" society, preferring to express themselves artistically. A newspaper columnist coined the term beatnik in 1958, influenced by the Sputnik satellite that had been launched the year before.

Definitions of beatnik
  1. noun
    a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
    synonyms: beat
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    type of:
    nonconformist, recusant
    someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
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