Britain is one of the most innovative, advanced, and torrent nations, and it is also one of the most globalized countries in terms of its culture. The high literacy rate and freedom of speech have allowed the youth to nurture and flourish their perception and reflection on society. The British child inherits post-colonial identity, and it has helped to make London the cultural and commercial capital of Europe. This course will examine the history, sociology, aesthetics, and economics of British youth culture, from the early days of jazz and rock ‘n’ roll through to Beatlemania, Punk, Britpop, Rave, and the latest contemporary developments.
The first teenage generation with absolute freedom emerged in the 1960s. The parents of sixties youth had already suffered World War II trauma and wanted their children to enjoy their lives. By the early 1960s, teenagers were already significantly different from those of two decades ago. These beautiful vintage photos offer a glimpse into the 1960s British youth culture.