british-youth-culture

Mod - A Very British Style by Richard Weight

From the sharp-suited scooter riders of the early Sixties, through the hit revival film Quadrophenia in 1979, to the red, white and blue roundel that Bradley Wiggins wore proudly on his helmet as he raced to Olympic cycling gold last year, Mods started an enduring youth culture that has been passed down through and shared by generations.- Fergus Kelly of the Express - Via: 1 | 2

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Quadrophenia (1979) is not an adaptation of the ambitious concept-album by The Who. Rather, it’s a stand-alone social-drama/youth movie that allows itself to be freely inspired by its soundtrack. The film played a big part in the mod-revival of the late 1970s, showing all the stylish bits of what it must have meant to be Mod in the mid-1960s, with great eye for detail: slim fit suits and tennis polo’s, Vespa scooters and big parka jackets, loud British bands and amphetamines, rebellion and rioting – it’s all there, in a careful and stylized reconstruction. Director Franc Roddam also leans on elements from 1960s kitchen-sink realism, for a style that also has an eye for the darker sides of the working class youth culture - the alienation, the boredom, the search for a sense of belonging. This makes Quadrophenia a great and sophisticated youth movie about both adolescent anguish and cool.