Anton Rosenberg is known as a forerunner to all of the pervasive modern culture. The fact that he was cool or is known in other terms as hip, he was in fact best known to simply doing nothing at all.
Rosenberg also was a student of inaction and detachment and was the embodiment of beat movements ideal of the hipster and was also the model as Julian Alexander in the novel of The Subterraneans (1958) by Jack Kerouac’s.
Another thing is that he was also a painter and he also played the piano with Charlie Parker, Zoot Sims and other popular jazz figures in that time. He remained to be an obscure figure as well in the beat movement due to the reason where he found his calling early.
Kerouac recognized Rosenberg as well during his twenties to be unshaven, quiet, thin and likewise a strange young man who have good looks and he was likewise an epitome of aesthetic who deride ambition and also avoided enthusiasm. He adopted Ginsberg’s title on his book, but later moved to San Francisco for him to avoid the risks of libel by the Greenwich Village regulars that populated the pages on some fictitious names. This in fact is why Rosenberg became Julian Alexander who is actually a man that Kerouac termed 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. By the time that he was discovered by Ginsberg, he actually had spent a year in Paris for him to be able to experience the bohemian atmosphere in left Bank at Cafe Flore and Cafe Les Deux Magots together with Terry Southern and James Baldwin.
Back in 1950, he went 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 also was a heroin addict to most of his life and he appeared also in William Burroughs’ book in the Junkie (1953).
The fact that his habits did not lead him towards a better life, he got into marriage and married a schoolteacher who in fact was charmed on how he showed some ways to support his family and still continue playing music and painting.