tune in to c4 at midnight for i-D's first ever tv series

Directed by the king of counterculture documentary, Ewen Spencer, the four-part series traces the youth and music tribes of one era, starting in 1980, the same year Terry Jones founded i-D.

by i-D Staff
13 May 2015, 3:33pm

Paul Hallam

Our first ever TV show premieres this summer, and explores the exact topic i-D was founded on - British subcultures. Airing in four parts on Channel 4, with shorter form episodes published later on i-D.co, Street, Sound & Style will look back at the Mods, Skinheads, Suedeheads, Soul Boys, Casuals, Rude Boys and Scooter Boys as they revived their initial 60s incarnations in the 80s, 90s and early 00s, creating youth cult hybrids next to the second generation black and Asian kids they grew up with. They may have been iconised and appropriated by the mainstream today, but back then, it was more than just a matter of personal taste. The way people dressed on the street and the music they listened to became a reaction, a movement and a statement from an entire generation.

In episode one, airing tonight at midnight, The New Breed looks at how the Mods combined with the Skinheads, the return of the Rudeboy, how Ska was resurrected with a Punk twist, how "2 Tone" bands like The Selecter and The Specials brought black and white cultures together under the political unrest of the time, when the nation was torn between Labour and the Tories, and how the Scooter Boys turned the Isle of Wight into the Isle of Fright.

This is i-D going back to our roots and doing what we do best.


Images courtesy Paul Hallam and Channel 4

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