‘All Dressed Up and Going Nowhere’ – Documentary about Gangs in 1970s Tyneside

Skinheads, hairy bikers, street violence and male youth boredom in 1971. Everyone straight out of a David Peace novel; Patches and gangs, orange buses, sideburns, racism, bikes, boots, awful interior decor, and the background of the rangy and decaying bits of early 70s Newcastle. In the midst of it all, Stan Cohen – sociologist of Moral Panics fame –  trying sense of things (while having a distractingly khaki outfit). It was around this time that the Anthropologist Malcolm Young – author of a revealing ethnography of the police ‘from the inside’ (his Durham PhD thesis, completed in 1986, can be found here) – was working in the Newcastle Police force, if I remember rightly. Remarkable viewing and a must watch for anyone interested in local Tyneside history, youth culture studies and the history of planning.

Content note: contains some descriptions of domestic violence/street harassment


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