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Quadrophenia and Mod(ern) Culture

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Explores the importance of Quadrophenia to British cultural history and subcultural studies from the 1970s onwards

  • Examines the interaction of Quadrophenia with class, culture, identity, genre, gender and sexuality

  • Contains interviews with Frank Roddam, film director, and Ethan Russell, photographer

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction: Dressed Right for a Beach Fight

    • Pamela Thurschwell
    Pages 1-9
  3. Quadrophenia in its Histories

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
  4. Back Matter

    Pages 263-268

About this book

This collection explores the centrality of The Who’s classic album, and Franc Roddam’s cult classic film of adolescent life, Quadrophenia to the recent cultural history of Britain, to British subcultural studies, and to a continuing fascination with Mod style and culture. The interdisciplinary chapters collected here set the album and film amongst critical contexts including gender and sexuality studies, class analysis, and the film and album’s urban geographies, seeing Quadrophenia as a transatlantic phenomenon and as a perennial adolescent story. Contributors view Quadrophenia through a variety of lenses, including the Who’s history and reception, the 1970s English political and social landscape, the adolescent novel of development (the bildungsroman), the perception of the film through the eyes of Mods and Mod revivalists, 1970s socialist politics, punk, glam, sharp suits, scooters and the Brighton train, arguing for the continuing richness of Quadrophenia’s depiction of the adolescent dilemma. The volume includes new interviews with Franc Roddam, director of Quadrophenia, and the photographer Ethan Russell, who took the photos for the album’s famous photo booklet.

Keywords

  • The Who
  • Mods
  • Rockers
  • sexuality
  • class

Reviews

“This is probably the best book on Mod culture so far. … it is the one with the best academic approach to it and a real understanding of the subculture that goes beyond pure distanced sociological writing and simplifying banalities … . Highly recommended reading.” (Dr. A. Ebert, popcultureshelf.com, February, 2018)

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom

    Pamela Thurschwell

About the editor

Pamela Thurschwell is Reader in English Literature at the University of Sussex, UK. Her publications include Literature, Technology and Magical Thinking, 1880–1920 (2001) and Sigmund Freud (2000). She has also published widely on pop music, including essays on Billy Bragg, Bob Dylan, and Elvis Costello. She is currently writing a book on the temporality of adolescence in twentieth century.

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Buying options

eBook
USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-64753-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)