Sex and Drugs before Rock 'n' Roll: Youth Culture and Masculinity during Holland's Golden Age (Amsterdam University Press - Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age)

Sex and Drugs before Rock 'n' Roll: Youth Culture and Masculinity during Holland's Golden Age (Amsterdam University Press - Amsterdam Studies in the Dutch Golden Age)

Language: English

Pages: 318

ISBN: 9089644024

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Sex and Drugs Before the Rock ’n’ Roll is a fascinating volume that presents an engaging overview of what it was like to be young and male in the Dutch Golden Age. Here, well-known cohorts of Rembrandt are examined for the ways in which they expressed themselves by defying conservative values and norms. This study reveals how these young men rebelled, breaking from previous generations: letting their hair grow long, wearing colorful clothing, drinking excessively, challenging city guards, being promiscuous, smoking, and singing lewd songs.
            Cogently argued, this study paints a compelling portrait of the youth culture of the Dutch Golden Age, at a time when the rising popularity of print made dissemination of new cultural ideas possible, while rising incomes and liberal attitudes created a generation of men behaving badly.

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is given to her as a covering’. Moreover, it turned men into submissive beings just like women, and essentially made men into whores.25 According to the Dutch historian John Exalto, many of the orthodox ministers in the early seventeenth century believed that the clergy fulfilled an important position as role models in society, and specifically young ministers. Their short-cropped hair and full beards had become intertwined with the creditability of their profession. Anything different was

wrote a 484-page tome entitled Brief van Claudius Salmasius aen Andr. Colvium, belangende het 52 appearance and clothing in the 1620s and 1630s langh hair der mannen en de lokken der vrouwen [Letter from Claudius Salmasius to Andreas Colvium about Long Hair for Men and Locks for Women]. It was originally written in Latin and translated later that year into Dutch. Salmasius drew his arguments from history but with another perspective. He pleaded that throughout history man had alternated

a scholarship were prohibited from drinking in certain places, and all students were forbidden to consume alcohol on the university’s game fields.62 In other university towns, even ones where students were not exempt from tariffs on beer and wine such as the University of Groningen, 87 sex and drugs before rock ’n’ roll binge drinking was a problem among students. In 1616, just two years after the university was founded, authorities recorded incidents of drunkenness among students. Johannes

of removing cobblestones from the main market square and fareways. Pedestrians complained about literally breaking their necks at night, and how youngsters kicked and molested them in doorways and windows. The pack of young men went into a wild frenzy when they reached the market square and graveyards, where they pulled up stones and tossed them through windows. Besides the destruction of property, numerous fights broke out between groups of boys who gathered on streets or at the city’s bulwarks

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