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Juke Box Britain: Americanisation and Youth Culture, 1945-60.

Horn, Adrian

Verlag: Manchester University Press, Manchester University Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 0719079071 / ISBN 13: 9780719079078
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Titel: Juke Box Britain: Americanisation and Youth ...

Verlag: Manchester University Press, Manchester University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: As New

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xiv 217p hardback, white illustrated dustjacket, NEW, this title was published in the series Studies in Popular Culture. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 157479

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Inhaltsangabe: There were less than 100 juke boxes in Britain in 1945 and over 15,000 by 1958. Over the same period there was a similar unprecedented expansion of casual youth venues in the form of cafes, snack, milk and coffee bars where young people could hear the sounds of hot American jazz and rock 'n' roll. And if this wasn't enough, teenagers were earning more in real terms than ever before and spending it on commodities 'of no lasting value' like make-up, clothes, records and juke box music. British teenagers following World War II witnessed immense cultural change.These new forms of youth culture were seen as American, gaudy, a waste of money, un-British and socially retrogressive by culturally entrenched 'Establishment' bodies like the BBC, police, magistrates and school authorities. The generational frictions were stretched further by the Teddy Boy subculture which led to a moral panic and general social indignation. It has been a common assumption among academics and cultural historians alike that British youth between 1945 and 1960 underwent a period of massive 'Americanization'. Juke Box Britain contests this view maintaining that American popular-cultural influences were not examples of cultural domination but simply influences that combined with existing styles to create distinctly British style fusions that may now be viewed as quaint and of the period. Juke Box Britain is suitable for students of cultural, social and design histories as well as cultural studies and provides fascinating reading for youth culture and juke box enthusiasts.

Rezension: Richard Hoggart believed that the juke box was a harbinger of all the worst features of American mass culture. Using a range of primary and secondary sources, from the trade press of the music industry to memoirs and interviews, and drawing on an established sociological and historical literature on postwar youth cultures, Adrian Horn has produced an innovative and scholarly work. He charts the cultural impact of juke boxes in Britain in meticulous detail, and sheds much needed light also on the cultural worlds of 'the juke box boys' and youth cafes of postwar Britain.' -- David Fowler, University of Cambridge.

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