Anton Rosenberg is a forerunner in all pervasive modern culture. Because he was hip or cool, he was known best in doing nothing.
Rosenberg was also a student of detachment and inaction and he was like the embodiment of the beat movement’s ideal of a hipster and became the model as Julian Alexander in the Subterraneans (1958) by Julian Alexander.
He likewise was a painter as well on some talent and he likewise played the piano with Zoot Sims, Charlie Parker as well as other well-known jazz figures. He remained to be an obscure figure as well in the beat movement due to the reason where he found his calling early.
Following with Ginsberg’s lead, Kerouac also recognized Rosenberg during his twenties to be an unshaven, thin, quiet and a strange young man with good looks and was the epitome of aesthetic who shunned enthusiasm and scorned the ambition. He also adopted Ginsberg’s title in his book, but then he moved to another location to San Francisco for him to avoid risks of libel by the Greenwich Village regulars who placed on the pages on some fictitious names. This would be the reason why Rosenberg became Julian Alexander who is known as a man who Kerouac called to as “the angel of subterraneans”.
Another thing about Rosenberg is that he served a year in the Army as well and studied at the University of North Carolina as well. After he was discovered by Ginsberg, he had spent a year already in Paris with where he go to the Left Bank bohemian atmosphere at Cafe Flore and Cafe Les Deux Magots together with Terry Southern, James Baldwin as well as other people who engaged on perfecting attitudes and inflections of cool.
In 1950, he then go back to New York. He then opened a print shop in Greenwich Village and had lived in a tenement called the Paradise Valley and an industrial loft which was located in a bad neighborhood before this became fashionable.
Drugs actually were a stable scene and to one occasion, Rosenberg as well as his friends in San Remo bar had intercepted a shipment of Hallucinogen peyote which comes from the Exotic Plant Co of Laredo in Texas as well as congregated on his loft for an all-night party and a jazz jam session. Though marijuana was considered to be something common to hipsters, it was in fact the opiates which had set the subterraneans apart from the others. Rosenberg was in fact a heroin addict in most of his life and likewise appeared in Junkie (1953) which was William Burroughs’ book.
Due to the reason that his habits did not lead him toward a better and productive life, he later on got married with a schoolteacher who was charmed by how he supports his family and still continue painting and playing music.