Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture

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9780670038374: Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture

From the author of the critically acclaimed England’s Dreaming, a landmark cultural history of youth

Teenagers—as we have come to define them—were not, award-winning author Jon Savage tells us, born in the 1950s of rockers and Beatniks, when most histories would begin. Rather, the teenager as icon can be traced back to the 1890s, when the foundations for the new century were laid in urban youth culture.

Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture is a monumental cultural history that charts the spread of the American ideal of youth through England and Europe and around the world. From Peter Pan to Oscar Wilde, Anne Frank to the Wizard of Oz, Savage documents youth culture’s development as a commodity and an industry from the turn of the last century to its current driving force in the global economy. Fusing film, music, literature, diaries, fashion, and art, this epic cultural history is an astonishing and surprising chronicle of modern life sure to appeal to pop culture fans, social history buffs, and anyone who has ever been a teenager.

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About the Author:

Jon Savage is the author of the celebrated England’s Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond, winner of Rolling Stone’s prestigious Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award. He has written widely for American and British newspapers and magazines on music, pop culture, and social history.

Review:

Teenage is a funny, moving and startling book. Jon Savage has an artist's way with unexpected detail and chronological coincidence, and a historian's sense of accident and inevitability. Jon Savage turns a story I thought I already knew into something altogether stranger and more inspiring. -- Simon Frith, author of Sound Effects and Performing Rites

Teenage is the definitive history of youth in revolt, from the gaslight age to the dawn of rock. Jon Savage captures the hell and adventure of adolescence with stunning detail and the thrilling force of the first Ramones album. -- David Fricke, Rolling Stone

A remarkable exploration of what it meant and how it felt to be young in the early modern era. -- Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys

Jon Savage cunningly tracks the Tortured Teen from Young Werther, Dorian Gray and Peter Pan to Rupert Brooke, Dada and jitterbugs, handily proving there were many, many rebels before James Dean. He also imparts a deep sense of horror and outrage at how over a century a complacent establishment routinely sent and sends the young out to die. -- Mark O'Donnell, Tony-award winning author of Hairspray: The Musical

Savage writes with great lyrical exuberance and passion---much like the youthful subjects he describes. The young lives presented in Teenage blast through reified post-war mythologies to reveal youth as an ongoing potent, volatile, dynamic social force. By shining a neon light on the secret histories of young people, Savage joins with cultural historians Natalie Davis and John Gillis, restoring the integrity and dignity of all young people, past and present. -- Donna Gaines, Sociologist and author of Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids

This carefully researched and beautifully written book reveals that the cultural and psychological phenomenon in which adolescent rebellion helps reinvent societies pre-dated Elvis by at least a hundred years. Synthesized over the course of numerous generations, Savage's observations put into perspective today's 'adolescent issues' and how the rest of us respond and should respond to them. -- Danny Goldberg, author of How The Left Lost Teen Spirit, and former CEO, Air America Radio, Mercury Records, Warner Brother Records, and Atlantic Records

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