Teenage: The Creation of Youth – Jon Savage, 2007
The teenager is a post-war creation, but what were the ingredients? American industry spat out ‘juvenile delinquents’ as early as 1810, while in Victorian London gangs of hooligan scamps ran wild. WWI thinned a generation of dreamers and turned the survivors wild and weird, leaving the Hitler Youth to take advantage. When GIs, swing and rock’n’roll turned up, the job was already done.