Vintage Photos of japanese Beatniks

LIFE Mag hat 'ne ziemlich grandiose Galerie mit Fotos von Michael Rougier, der 1964 die japanischen Beatniks in Tokyo beim Feiern fotografierte.

In 1964, LIFE photographer Michael Rougier (left, on assignment in Tokyo) and correspondent Robert Morse spent time documenting one Japanese generation’s age of revolt, and came away with an astonishingly intimate, frequently unsettling portrait of teenagers hurtling willfully toward oblivion.

In Rougier’s photographs — pictures that seem to breathe, at once, a reckless energy and an acute despair — we don’t merely glimpse kids pushing the boundaries of rebellion. Instead, we’re offered the rare and disquieting gift of complicity: this generation of lost boys and girls, Rougier’s pictures suggest, is trying to tell us something — something reproachful and perplexing — about the world we’ve made. Or rather, the world that we’ve broken.

Teenage Wasteland: Japanese Youth in Revolt, 1964 (via Boing Boing)