Skinhead's Influence In Jamaican Ska

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Will Sheerin
Professor Lorenz
Music and Migration
April 4 2016
Skinhead’s influence in Jamaican Ska During the 1950’s, Britain’s economy was in a recession and they reached out to many of their Western colonies to increase immigration to England. After World War II the economy was in bad shape and the United Kingdom government looked for immigrants to fill the employment vacancies. Many Jamaicans took the opportunity to start a new life and migrated to London in large quantities. With them they brought an important piece of their culture, the Jamaican “Rude-Boy.” Originating in the poorer communities of Kingston, Jamaica, the Rude Boy culture resonated with many white low income men and helped to create the “Skinhead” phenomena. The original
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It was mainly comprised of violent and discontented youths. Drawn together when society, unemployment, and poverty took basic human rights away, these poor and unemployed youth came together to form the Rude Boy subculture. Their style and subculture mirrored many followers of ska, but they altered the music to fit a new free form and aggressive style. The RudeBoy style was entirely new and unseen in Jamaica they, “favored sharp suits, thin ties, and pork pie or Trilby hats, showing an influence of the fashions of American jazz musicians and soul music artists.” Another interest that shaped the rude boy image was the American cowboy and gangster/outlaw films. Many unemployed Jamaican youths found jobs as sound system operators for competitive dances in Jamaica. They were known for intruding and messing up competitors' dances “leading to the term dancehall crasher”.The Rude Boy lifestyle which was characterized by violence that began at the dances gave rise to a music genre. People began to associate with the term Rude Boy with ska and rocksteady music. Many artists sang about rude boys with mixed emotions, their lyrics either “promoted or rejected rude boy violence.” Rude Boy culture hit its stride ”Between 1964 and 1967 a subculture of angry youths developed in the [Jamaican] society. Answering to the psuedonym "Rude Bwoy" The exploits of the Rude Boys became legendary in the …show more content…
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