- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Chatto & Windus (5 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701163615
- ISBN-13: 978-0701163617
- Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 5.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875 - 1945 Hardcover – 5 Apr 2007
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"... vital, wide-ranging, genre-defying read... a timely reminder that teenagers are not just our future, but our past and inescapable present" -- Daily Telegraph, April 14, 2007
"As vivid, as brilliant and compelling - and persuasive - as its
subject" -- GQ
"Jon Savage is a star...necessary and illuminating" -- Times
"Savage dissects the teen dream and the role industrialisation,
democratisation and the media played in shaping its identity. And he does
so with all the urgency, flair and vitality he argues was lost when
purchasing power became the ultimate teen goal"
-- Metro, April 23, 2007
"Savage has produced a book that may well change how people think about teenagers" -- Guardian, April 14, 2007
'Consistently fascinates' -- The Herald
'He pulls together the most disparate materials, British, American, German, and French, in an engaging fashion.'
A "fascinating, engrossing book" -- Mojo Magazine
`Ambitious, evocative and wide-ranging "pre-history"...' -- Evening Standard
`Painstakingly researched and far reaching `pre-history of the
teenager'... Savage still shows himself to be one of the most skilful
exponents around' -- New Statesman
In 1945, just as the war was ending, 'the teenager' arrived. This is the story of how we got to that moment - the century and a half of ferment, folly, and angst that created a separate Teen Age in Europe and America. Jon Savage goes back to 1875 (when the first bestselling teenage memoir appeared and the first teenage mass murderer was tried), and takes us all the way through to the death of Anne Frank. In between, we roam London, New York, Paris and Berlin with hooligans, Apaches, and other gangs; explore free love with Rupert Brooke and eternal youth with Peter Pan; see commerce and advertising grab a new market and watch the relentless militarisation of youth, from the Boy Scouts to the Hitler Youth. Savage describes all ranks and kinds of people, from flappers and zootsuiters to the Bright Young Things, the unemployed and the Lost Generation. The book rings with music, from Ragtime to Swing, and the stories come fast and furious, comic, poignant, painfully moving.Following the endless efforts of adults to contain, channel and control youth and the ideals and rebellion of young people determined to make their own way, "Teenage" covers two world wars - one which obliterated the dreams of a romantic generation; the other which unleashed the power of America - and the teenager - on the world. This brilliant mix of wide-ranging research, fast narrative and penetrating analysis, stands entirely alone. It will startle, disturb and amaze, opening readers' eyes to a history never described before. See all Product description
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Savage starts the book in his introduction by informing the reader that this is a 'prehistory of the teenager.' Inspired by Dick Hebdige's influential study 'Subculture-The Meaning of Style,' and by his own experience of the Punk scene in 70s London, Savage explains how he sought to discover the roots of what today we take for granted: namely the idea of adolescence as a seperate stage of life between childhood and adulthood, a specific cohort with loyalties to peer-group norms rather than those established by their parents and their parents culture.
Savage takes us on a tour which includes..... Fin De Siecle Paris, the waning power of Imperial Great Britain, the emerging militaristic power of Germany, juvenile delinquency, Rimbaud, Oscar Wilde, 'Hooligans,' The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, G. Stanley Hall, Boy Scouts, Ragtime, Nickelodeans, Dance Halls, World War 1, Secularism, Jazz, 20s Berlin, Prohibition, 'Flappers,' Valentino, Hollywood, the spread of secondary and tertiary education, Leopold and Loeb, Clara Bow, 'It Girls,' the Charleston, Harlem, Jimmy Cagney, the Nazi Youth, the Depression of the 30s, Zoot Suits, French Zazou's, World War 2..... and much, much more.
Savage shows us that it was in this period that, in essence, the 'teenager' was born and that it's emergence as a social, economic and cultural entity was tied symbiotically with the emergence of America as a truly global power and the spread of it's values across the Western world. In this period a new incipient age of mass consumerism was born and with it a new market to be tapped. Savage conveys the themes of this book in a way which is both informative and pleasurable to read. Highly recommended.