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1950's Greaser Subculture

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Phil Hoeflich

on 10 October 2014

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Transcript of 1950's Greaser Subculture

1950's Greaser Subculture
Beliefs
Greasers typically came from rough homes and did not fit in with society. Most were of Italian, Irish, or Latino descent. Greasers were known to drive motorcycles or "Souped up" cars known as hot rods. Rock and Roll music's rebellious sound heavily influenced the sub cultures beliefs and clothing style. Out casts, low lives, hoods, delinquents. A lot of greasers grew up in lower class crime ridden neighborhoods, that being said very many were gang affiliated which gave the sub culture a bad name.
The Origin
Actors such as James Dean and Marlon Brando heavily influenced the beliefs, life style, and clothing style of Greasers. James Deans role in "Rebel Without a Cause" influenced the rebellious side of the sub culture while Marlon Brandos role in "The Wild One" gave the subculture its motor head side.
In Popular Culture
Greasers have been depicted in many movies and television shows such as Happy Days, The Outsiders, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and various 1950s movies.
Clothing Style
Leather jackets, aviator sunglasses, jeans, Tee shirts, Chuck Taylors, work boots, military/law enforcement style caps, and welding goggles. These were the trends of the greaser subculture.
Introduction
After WW2, North America was booming. Everyone had a job, more people drove cars, people were having babies, and many people moved into the newly built suburban neighborhoods. However, the teenagers of the 1950s were bored and in some ways oppressed. This resulted in the formation of a rebellious subculture that consisted of working to lower class teenagers who wore leather jackets, jeans and had greased back hair. They were known as "Greasers".
If you don't do
Wild things while
You're young you'll have nothing to smile about when you're old.
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