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Subcultures and the Resetting of the Cultural Clock Webinar

Course description


Conventional history would have it that the first post-war British subculture was the ‘Teddy Boys’ in 1954. However, in this online short course, Dr Ray Kinsella will deliver a presentation that convincingly asserts that bebop was a precursor to this established narrative.

The session will look at the emergence of the Soho bebop scene, a form of modern jazz, and the culture that formed around the music between 1945 and 1950.

In looking at the musical and sartorial migration, layers of reception by the musicians and fans, and media dissemination of this youth subculture, this online short course will also demonstrate how bebop in Soho instigated a moral panic which the saw the Soho clubs raided by police.

Who should attend this online short course?

This two-hour online short course is aimed at anyone with an interest in jazz or British youth subcultural history. The course will also appeal to anyone with a passion for fashion history and interracial relations in Britain after World War Two.


After this session, you will:

  • Learn about Britain’s first post-war youth subculture which has never before been explored
  • Gain insights into the first post-war British youth fashion
  • Understand how black and white youths, both female and male, constructed identities through clothes and music
  • Discover why the Soho clubs were raided by police.

This online short course offers:

  • Expert knowledge from industry professionals
  • Opportunities to meet other like-minded creatives
  • A chance to join the conversation with a live Q&A
  • Opportunity to upskill and develop professional practices
  • Participants will receive a certificate upon completion

Available dates

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Topics to be covered:

  • The first post-war British youth subculture
  • History of Soho and the emergence of bebop from 1945 to 1950
  • Fashion history and subcultural style
  • Interracial relations in Britain after World War Two
  • Police clampdown on bebop clubs in Soho between 1947 and 1950


To take part in this online session you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Chrome)
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended. The built-in microphone in your device would also be fine)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection - we recommend a minimum of 2 Mbps download, and 1 Mbps upload, faster if possible. You can test your network speed here -

We recommend you have:

  • A notebook
  • A pen
Meet the Tutor:

This two-hour online short course will look at the emergence of the Soho bebop scene, a form of modern jazz, and the culture that formed around the music between 1945 and 1950.

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