Book Review::Jon Savage:Teenage-The Creation Of Youth Culture (1875 – 1945)

I recently finished up Jon Savage’s Teenage: The Creation Of Youth (1875 – 1945). The work is a compelling read that traces the philosophical development of the teenager from their beginnings to their fully realized state of separation. Undoubtedly, in Europe and America we see in the mid-forties, a teenage society becoming profoundly removed from their parents raison d’etre. Savage shows us all sorts of teenagers from the Lost Generation to the flappers, and how music was usually the common denominator. Savage’s book emphasizes the importance of forties American pop culture, and how it virtually opened the door to the world of the teenager, for all their thoughts and dreams to run wild and free. Moreover, the book itemizes successive generations of teenagers who all had their own unique missions and parental divides. Savage also makes a lot of interesting points about the atomic bomb and its’ spectre being responsible for both the creation of pop music and its prosperity. The potential for world destruction has given teenagers the message that today is now and tomorrow may not come; so when are you going to start living? Finally, the book also discusses the many ways in which parents and governments have attempted to control or socialize the teenage generation, and how it has led to more and more unique ways of rebelling.

The book is really a monstrosity of information. I have just given a brief synopsis, but understand it is a serious historical work in every sense, and really ambitious, but still a fun read. Jon Savage has succeeded in creating a vastly entertaining and informative work that travels pretty fast for its’ size, and comes highly recommended.
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