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November 22, 2012

The dictatorship of fashion

The existence of youth subcultures in the Soviet Union demonstrates two things: On one level, finding punks and metalheads in the Soviet Union - or jazz fans, fedoras and A-line dresses in an earlier era - shows that whatever the political differences of the day, it is culture that matters.

And on another rather more obvious level, it shows that the erstaz rebellion of punk and metal was a matter of perfect indifference to the authorities. For all the posing, youth style tribes are about fashion, looking cool and getting laid, and not about changing anything.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at November 22, 2012 07:07 AM