Conclusions: Good Night to the Rock and Roll Era?

  • Patrick Glen
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Subcultures and Popular Music book series (PSHSPM)


The concluding chapter considers what can be understood from the press’s position as a mediator between popular music, society and its youthful readership as a press texts made under certain cultural, social and industrial conditions. It argues that permissiveness license for formerly taboo behaviours was granted and withdrawn relative to the historical context and the class, gender, sexuality, race or region of a person or group of people. It argues that young people, from their position as a subject of social anxieties, and as a group that were seen to need protection, have their lives and identities shaped by notions of what they should read, do, hear, say and how they should act. As therefore demonstrated by music papers, youth and permissive aspects of social change were shaped, in part, by the market and mass media.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Glen
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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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