Youth, Hysteria and Control in Peter Watkins’s Privilege

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

Abstract

This chapter will explore how ideas of standardisation and conformity are reflected in the near-future narrative of Peter Watkins’s 1967 feature film Privilege and reflect how such concepts have informed the post-war tradition of British cinema focusing on the machinations of the music industry. Watkins’s explicit linking of the popular music industry with the dominant ideologies of the state (including politics, consumer culture and religion) draws on the ideas of the Frankfurt School, particularly Adorno’s work on popular music and conformity. The chapter will consider how this critique of the music industry focused around the manipulation of the pop superstar is informed by more recent debates about cultural agency and fandom.

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Filmography

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  3. A Hard Day’s Night (Lester UK 1964).Google Scholar
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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rehan Hyder
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  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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