Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Beth Johnson edits book on youth subculture

April 25th, 2018

Dr Beth Johnson, Dr Nick Bentley (Keele University) and Dr Andrzej Zieleniec (Keele University) have co-edited Teenage Dreams: Youth Subcultures in Fiction, Film and Other Media.

The book offers an update on subculture scholarship and works to discuss the making and remaking of subcultural identities.

It contains chapters on ‘bad girl’ fiction, screen representations of Mods, 1990s Rave Culture, the Manchester music scene, and graffiti cultures.

Dr Johnson’s chapter, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger: Manchester, Supersonic and Made of Stone‘, assesses two recent rockumentary films, chronicling the British bands Oasis and The Stone Roses.

Thinking through the emergence of these rockumentaries amidst a contemporary cultural trend for revival and nostalgia, Johnson argues that while it might be easy to argue that these films represent a troubling return to white, male dominated cultural politics, the films reject this narrative, working instead to acknowledge the presence of women and non-white music in their global worlds.   

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