Americanisation of British Culture

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  • The Americanisation of British Culture
    • Spread of 'Americanisms'
      • 1930s- Talkies
      • 1940s- large number of American servicemen
      • 1950s - heyday of the Western, Rock n Roll
    • 60s Pushback
      • Bill Hayley & Elvis faded. The Beatles & the Rolling Stones conquered the world. Kickstarted the British band invasion of USA.
    • Why Did Punk Emerge?
      • It was a way for young people to rebel against society and a way for them to voice their dissatisfaction with the government and social issues
      • To compete with the rockers and shock people.
    • The Impact of American Music
      • Teddy Boys & Rockers influenced by american R&R (Bill Hayley and the comets etc)
      • TBs,"chose to sport thick sideburns and wear neck ties like the dangerous gambler figures in popular Westerns
    • Brit Art
      • Controversial group of artists, painters and sculptors based in London in 1990s.
      • noted for shock tactics (Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin), wild partying and use of throwaway materials.
      • Achieved considerable press coverage and dominated British art during 1990s.
    • Brit Pop
      • Oasis (working class) v Blur (middle class).
      • Only took influence from British bands e.g The Beatles
      • Emerged supporting Anti-Americanisation. Children who gre up in the 90s hated the Americanisation, felt v. patriotic. Brisich Bands singing about unique British topics/issues
    • Impact of Hollywood
      • 1927- creation of 'talkies' Cinema= form of escapism
      • 80s had a high level level of American influence due to the popularity of blockbusters and their sequels. 85% of all films shown in British cinemas
      • 40s known as the 'golden ages of British cinema. 1990s/2000s= also British success due to more funding.
  • TBs,"chose to sport thick sideburns and wear neck ties like the dangerous gambler figures in popular Westerns
  • Controversial group of artists, painters and sculptors based in London in 1990s.

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