Anton Rosenberg was actually a forerunner in all pervasive modern culture. He was in fact cool or hip and was best known for actually doing nothing much.
Rosenberg had been a student of inaction and detachment and that he was also the embodiment of the beat movement’s ideal of being a hipster and is a model who played Julian Alexander in 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 then remained as an obscure figure on the beat movement as he had found his early calling.
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. Another thing is that he adopted Ginsberg’s title on his book, but then he moved to San Francisco for him to avoid risks of getting libel by the Greenwich Village regulars who actually populated 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”.
Rosenberg also served a year in the Army and he likewise studied at the University of North Carolina. 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 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 also became a heroin addict for most of his life and appeared in the book of William Burrough in Junke (1953).
Because his habits did not lead him to a productive life, he had married a schoolteacher who remained charmed by his ways in supporting his family while still continuing on playing music and painting.