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 5. The Tramp Is a Lady: Mamie Van Doren and the Meaning of Life
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THE TRAMP IS A LADY
Mamie Van Doren and the Meaning of Life
“She loves the free-flown wind in her hair;Life without care.She’s broke, but it’s ok . . .That’s why the lady is a tramp.”
—Lorenz Hart, Babes in Arms, 1937
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