Aryan Skynet

“Unique to this island,” writes Sam Knee in the introduction to his book The Bag I’m In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990, “the music and fashion scenes are ingrained in the UK’s DNA, going hand in hand as an inseparable force of nature that shapes our lives and the society we exist in.” “Why and how music youth scenes reach such a level of diversity and focused intensity in Britain,” Knee continues, “is a side effect of island culture and the distinctive class system in this country.” Here, in the opening lines of his text, Knee has already confused himself. Still, he stumbles onward:

By and large, British music scenes are working and middle class in origin. The upper classes don’t have the regionality or subversive sartorial suss to create such subtle nuances. The seeds of the scenes originate in the generic state school system; secondary moderns…

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