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on 6 February 2015
A great read about subcultures. This book is still very relevant even today. A very interesting read.
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This work remains the classic work on British youth culture. A product of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies, it examines the style as subterfuge of the punk era and has become the basis for most serious evaluation of youth culture ever since. As fresh as ever, if you have not read it for thirty years, it will repay a revisit
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on 5 October 2016
Hebdige's book is a undoubtedly a seminal text in British cultural studies, and he assuredly drops all the right names - Hall, Adorno, Barthes, Hoggart and Williams et al. But he's not on such solid ground when naming the sub-cultural "markers" he discusses - Eddie Cochran becomes Eddie Cochrane, Rico, the great Jamaican trombone player, becomes Reco, and Miles Davis becomes Milos Davis, to name but three out of over a dozen. Typos or very poor research? Either way, inexcusable for an academic and his editors.
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on 13 April 2000
I used this book this book extensively throughout writing my dissertation and without it I don't know where I would have been. It raised many important issues about various subcultures and Hebidge's arguments are always strong and well constructed. For anyone interested in subcultures and popular music this book is must.
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on 13 July 2013
This is a seminal work in cultural studies covering some very interesting recent history (mods and rockers, punks etc), but it is also very accessible .
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on 11 December 2014
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on 12 May 2002
This is a sociological 'classic', but one well past its sell by date. Time to consign it to the dustbin of outdated academic books. Very clever on cultural theory, but it has little relevance to real life as actually lived by real people. How can the author claim anything about the meaning of style without ever talking to an acutal punk?
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