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Profane Culture

Paul E. Willis


A classic of British cultural studies, this book takes the reader into the worlds of two important 1960s youth cultures — the motor-bike boys and the hippies. The motor-bike boys were working-class motorcyclists who listened to the early rock 'n' roll of the late 1950s. In contrast, the hippies were middle-class drug users with long hair and a love of progressive music. Both groups were involved in an unequal but heroic fight to produce meaning and their own cultural forms in the face of a larger society dominated by the capitalist media and commercialism. They were pioneers of cultural experi ... More

Keywords: youth culture, motor-bike boys, hippies, working class, motorcyclist, rock 'n' roll, 1950s, middle class, progressive music, identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163697
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163697.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul E. Willis, author
Princeton University