The Evolution of an American Youth Culture
As the entertainment industries came to realize that a youth market existed, providers of music and movies began to create products specifically for them. While Big Beat music and exploitation films may have initially been targeted for a marginalized audience, during the following decade and a half, such offerings gradually become mainstream, even as the first generation of American teenagers came of age. As a result the so-called youth culture overtook and consumed the primary American culture, as records and films once considered revolutionary transformed into a nostalgia movement, and much of what had been thought of as radical came to be perceived as conservative in a drastically altered social context.
In this book Douglas Brode offers the first full analysis of how an American youth culture evolved.
Chapter 3. Bad Boys, Dangerous Dolls: The Juvenile Delinquent on Film
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BAD BOYS, DANGEROUS DOLLS
The Juvenile Delinquent on Film
“He’s a rebel and he’ll never be any good.He’s a rebel ‘cause he never does what he should.But just because he doesn’t do what everybody else doesThat’s no reason why I can’t give him all my love.”
—Gene Pitney (writer); The Crystals (performers), 1962
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