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Psychobilly: Subcultural Survival by Kimberly Kattari (2020)

Psychobilly: Subcultural Survival by Kimberly Kattari (2020)

A 1980s blend of several earlier subcultures and youth movements such as punk, new wave, skinhead, rockabilly and even in part Goth, by the name of “psychobilly” is under the microscope here, mostly in an American context. The most important modern subcultures originated in England, so did psychobilly, with all the lore, idols, hangouts such […]

Sticking It to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and … by Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette (eds.) (2019)

Sticking It to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and … by Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette (eds.) (2019)

The latest work edited by Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette has the focus on pulp fiction published in English and connected to and influenced by the Counterculture and ideas of revolution. The emphasis is on “the long sixties,” meaning the aftermath of that truly revolutionary decade that was at work long into the 1970s, in […]

From Flappers to Rappers: The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture by Marcel Danesi (2018)

From Flappers to Rappers: The Origins, Evolution, and Demise of Youth Culture by Marcel Danesi (2018)

As there are already some titles informing about this “feature” of modernity (youth cultures), the title at hand by Marcel Danesi convinces with a solid introduction of what “the youth,” (“a youth,” “a teenager,” or a person in its “adolescence”) actually is and how the “species” was first, well, discovered by sociologist. And how, after […]

Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media… by N. Bentley, B. Johnson and A. Zieleniec (eds.) (2018)

Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media… by N. Bentley, B. Johnson and A. Zieleniec (eds.) (2018)

With emphasis on “Teenage Dreams,” three loosely designed subdivisions – literary fictions, representations on screen, critical theory and representations in other media – approach the huge body of demonstrations of subcultures in popular culture in the title at hand. Already the very idea of subcultures is strongly connected to modes of narration: “One of the […]

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction … by Iain Mcintyre and Andrew Nette (eds.) (2017)

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction … by Iain Mcintyre and Andrew Nette (eds.) (2017)

The development and the origins of pulp fiction books are both well-documented and naturally before there was a market for those products, there was a demand for it. Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, however, starts not at the beginning of this genre, but dives deep into the phenomenon of the pulp books that dealt with subcultures […]

The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity by Andrew Kellett (2017)

The British Blues Network: Adoption, Emulation, and Creativity by Andrew Kellett (2017)

After WWII, with the British Empire finally devoid of its former power and importance, young British blues enthusiasts invented their own vision of a new country, they – metaphorically – chose as their preferred home country an idealized (American) life, namely in creating the very personal America with lots of possibilities and adventure. As all […]

Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of ‘Consensus’ by The Subcultures Network (2015)

Youth Culture, Popular Music and the End of ‘Consensus’ by The Subcultures Network (2015)

The seven concise chapters of the book at hand actually represent a special issue of Contemporary British History (26.3) from 2012. They were conceived as the results of a symposium devoted to examining youth-associated cultural responses to the political, economic and socio-cultural changes that transformed Britain in the aftermath of WWII. The post-war consensus (1945-1979), […]