Mick Jagger and John Lennon 'were just capitalists who wanted to get rich'
In a new book 'Youth Culture In Modern Britain' Cambridge University historian Dr. David Fowler claims that Mick Jagger, John Lennon and the whole sixties youth culture was essentially less to do with rebellion and change than just another capitalist way to exploit the youth dollar. The book and this section of it will no doubt see Dr. Fowler appearing on our screens for a short while and generate sales of his book too. The cycle continues.
The sixties must have been great for those that could afford to take the time or money to become truly involved in its excesses positive or otherwise but for most it was just 'lived' as time is now from home to work and home again, keeping the family going waiting for the next paycheck to come in, hopefully, at least for some of the time, happily despite the wars, famines, disasters natural and manmade that then (and still now) punctuated lives around the world.
This said music and art can and do change individual lives if not at first sight societies and many would argue that Lennon, Jagger and the rest had a profound impact on their own perceptions of the world despite not much changing the world itself.
the shake, rattle and roll
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They simply wanted to sell records and did not care about being rebellious youth leaders, Dr David Fowler has claimed in a new book about youth culture.
Dr Fowler said: "The 1960s are often viewed as the point at which youth culture in this country exploded, but in many ways they were the years in which the idea began to fall apart.
"People forget that real youth movements are about a lot more than spending and consumerism – they are a way of life.
"Groups like The Beatles were basically capitalists interested in enriching themselves through the music industry. They did about as much to represent the interests of the nation's young people as The Spice Girls did in the 1990s."