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Copy of The 'Rude Boy' Movement
Transcript of Copy of The 'Rude Boy' Movement
The Rude Boy subculture is one that called my interests....
The term ‘Rude boy’ began as a colloquial name for juvenile delinquents and criminals in 1950s Jamaica. Despite, or perhaps because of its notorious origins, the term entered popular culture and came to denote a Jamaican subculture revolving around ska music, an early form of reggae
The first rude boys appeared in the 1950s, particularly within the poorer sections of Kingston. Highly conscious of fashion and music, they dressed in the latest styles on the streets and in dancehalls
The rude boy look consisted of sharp suits, thin ties and pork pie hats; sometimes a trilby was worn instead. The aesthetic was inspired by American gangster movies, jazz musicians and soul artists. In this period, the most popular forms of music among young Jamaican audiences were ska and rocksteady, and these helped to sustain the emerging rude boy culture
As the name implies, rude boys had a bad reputation. In this period, it was common for disaffected Jamaican youths to obtain temporary employment as ‘dance crashers’. Sound system operators would pay them to disrupt competitors’ dances using violence and intimidation. The great ska artist Alton Ellis released a track called Dance Crasher in response to this trend
The United Kingdom experienced an influx of Jamaican immigrants during the 1960s and this greatly enriched British culture. In particular, the exotic rhythms of ska, reggae and rocksteady were assimilated into British popular music. Rude boy music and fashion became a strong influence on the skinhead movement, which was initially very different from the racist skinhead culture it became. This process is depicted in Shane Meadows’s film This Is England, in which a young boy is inducted into skinhead culture
Rude Boy In Britain.....
How were they represented in the Media? Well... street violence was integral to the rude boy lifestyle, and contributed to the rise of political gang violence in Jamaica. This meant they were seen as violent, a nusiance and a disruptive movement. Troubled by these violent tendencies, some ska musicians produced songs that spoke directly to this faction and urged them to curb their activities.