John Lennon’s prominent saying that “before Elvis, there was nothing” could lead to the mistaken assumption that Great Britain owes its post-war popular culture predominantly to some kind of ‘pop-cultural development aid’ from the United States of America; especially because this statement seems to confirm the prevalent criticism of ‘Americanisation’ in the post-war period. By exploring the dissemination of the juke box and of teenage culture in Great Britain between 1945 and 1960, Adrian Horn’s „Juke box Britain“, however, clarifies that British society was influenced, but not fully shaped, by American popular culture.
How to Cite:
Hilgert, C., (2017) “Book Review: Juke box britain. americanisation and youth culture, 1945–60 ADRIAN HORN. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009”, Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture 8(3), p.169-173. doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.140