I grew up in the SF bay area and was influenced by this stuff, albeit a generation later.
As part of my obligatory wandering soul days, I spent time in my motor home in Big Sur, California, where Kerouac went to find spirituality, and other artists gather to be cool. But there was nothing to satisfy my quest.
Allen Ginsburg wrote one famous poem, and it had nothing to do with Buddhism. The "Beats" were more about social and sexual freedom. Their attitude and approach did have a significant impact on society, but let's not deify them.