Anton Rosenberg is known as a forerunner to all of the 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 also was a painter and that he played the piano with Zoot Sims, Charlie Parker as well as other jazz figures in his 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 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 is why Rosenberg became Julian Alexander who is a man that Kerouac called as “the angel of subterraneans”.
Rosenberg also served a year in the Army and he likewise studied at the University of North Carolina. 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.
In 1950, he went to New York. He then opened a print shop in Greenwich Village and lived in a tenement that Ginsberg called to as Paradise Valley and at an industrial loft in a bad neighborhood before becoming fashionable.
Drugs were actually the stable of the scene and in one occasion, Rosenberg as well as his friends in San Remo bar had intercepted a shipment of the Hallucinogen peyote coming from Exotic Plant Co of Laredo in Texas and congregated in his loft in an all-night party and jazz jam session. But when marijuana was common to hipsters, it was the opiates which set the subterraneans apart. Rosenberg was in fact a heroin addict in most of his life and likewise appeared in Junkie (1953) which was William Burroughs’ book.
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.