Visit the Jack Kerouac Park, named after the Beat poet and novelist who was born and lived many years in Lowell. Kerouac‘s most famous book is On the Road. He carried influence over a generation of non-conformist writers and artists, mostly in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Beat was an anti-establishment subculture characterized by woven styles of contemporary poetry, dark fashions, and philosophy. It had its own slang, much of which is part of our everyday language today. Words like “hipster” and “Big Daddy” came from that movement. Check out http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/slang/beat-slang-1950s.html for more about Beat slang.
If you want to get a light taste of Beat Culture, watch Funny Face, the classic musical film starring Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson. Also, Peter, Paul and Mary, a popular vocal group in the 1960s, recorded a song with many Beat Culture references called I Dig.
Jack Kerouac Park is the third stop on Massachusetts Trail Part 2!