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"Changes". Using music to explore post-war British youth culture

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Essay from the year 2014 in the subject Cultural Studies - Miscellaneous, grade: 75 (A), University of Strathclyde, language: Engl... Weiterlesen
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Essay from the year 2014 in the subject Cultural Studies - Miscellaneous, grade: 75 (A), University of Strathclyde, language: English, abstract: When the American director John Hughes chose to open the credits of his 1985 film 'The Breakfast Club' with following lyrics taken from David Bowie's 1971 single 'Changes', his intention in doing so was to challenge the commonplace notions of youth plaguing 1980s teen-culture in America. 'And these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds, Are immune to your consultations - they're quite aware of what they're going through...' The film's troubled 'teenage' protagonists, exaggerated caricatures of rebellious youth who spend an entire Saturday detention within a school library in atonement for their individual delinquencies, begin their journey defined 'in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions' lavished upon them by their adult authorities. Bowie's lyrics were applied to 'The Breakfast Club' by Hughes in order to glamorize the notion of 'us versus them' and youth isolation within the cultural landscape of 1980s America. However, these lyrics can also be aptly applied to the much-discussed issue of 'youth culture' within the British post-war landscape. Although 'Changes' was not released until the early 1970s, its lyrics effectively capture the tone of the previous two decades in Britain; decades in the throes of social and political change, with a newly formed 'youth' group who were becoming increasingly aware of that fact. Following the arrival of rock n' roll in the late 1950s, British youths underwent a period of self-realisation in the 1960s as music, particularly rock n' roll, drove a wedge between teenagers and the 'parent culture', effectively isolating them into their own unique cultural island. The primary ambition of this essay, therefore, will be to assess the change implemented by music during these post-war decades and whether it is possible to utilize music as a tool for effectively understanding youth culture and sub-cultures. Although each decade could be argued to embody its own distinct 'mood', effectively captured and echoed in its musical output, this essay will hone its energies primarily towards studying the late 1950s and early 1960s, in which a 'fizzy electrical storm' of a radiant post-war atmosphere was reflected and charged by its music. [...]


Titel: "Changes". Using music to explore post-war British youth culture
EAN: 9783668432987
ISBN: 978-3-668-43298-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: frei
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Grin Publishing
Genre: Ethnologie
Anzahl Seiten: 13
Veröffentlichung: 13.04.2017
Jahr: 2017
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 0.4 MB