Life in the Days of Bukowski
It's hard to describe what life was like in Hank's days because he lived a long life, and wrote for such a long period. In 1944 Hank was in his mid-twenties and the world was glued to the happenings of the second world war. European artists and intellectuals were fleeing Hitler's Europe and bringing new ideas to the U.S.


Jazz and big band music ruled the popular music scene and sports just weren't the same as most athletes entered the war. As WWII ended, America and Russia stood as the world's two super-powers, starting the cold war.


In the 1950's Bukowski was in his thirties and still kind of finding himself. As for America, some say it was the country's greatest decade, although segregation and racism were very prevalent. Television was becoming more and more a part of everyday life and rock and roll was just getting it's start. Popular celebrities of the time were Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean. Sitcoms made their first appearance with shows like The Honeymooners, I Love Lucy, and Lassie.


In the 1960's Bukowski was in his forties and just starting to make a name for himself. It was a time of change in America in pretty much every aspect. Music, attitudes, and just culture in general was about to be flipped upside down. Music like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and The Grateful Dead took center stage, while the hippie movement promoted drug use to the American youth. The civil rights movement was in full effect while JFK and Martin Luther King got assassinated and the Vietnam War was going on. I wish i was alive in this era if not just for the music. Oh, and man walked on the damn moon.
In the 1970's Bukowski was in his fifties and was just starting to become a popular writer. The hippie movement would end along with the war in Vietnam. Although there was still good music like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, disco would rear it's ugly head in this decade and The Beatles would break up. Hallucinogenic drugs like marijuana and LSD would be pushed aside for harder drugs like cocaine and heroin. Popular fads of the time were mood rings, lava lamps, and streaking in public. A major event that still is a controversy today took place in the Roe v Wade trial, where abortion was legalized.