Bureau Of Lost Culture: Smells Like Teen Spirit (11/09/2022)
“Teenage savages go wild in a jungle of lust and lawlessness!”
Countercultural commentator and writer JOHN HIGGS comes to the Bureau. We head out into the feverish febrile pheromone filled phase of self consciousness, sex drugs and rock’n’roll known as adolesence as we investigate the birth of the teenage in the late 40s and 50s. Was it all really kicked off by Little Richard’s Tutti Frutti? We chart the rise of youth culture on both sides of the Iron Curtain, realise that while ‘all you need is love’ ‘you can’t always get what you want’, trace counterculture through beats, hippies, punks, ravers and britpop, touch down briefly on gender politics and wonder if 70 will one day be the new seventeen.