Monday, December 17, 2012

Quadrophenia Criterion Collection DVD Review

Written by General Jabbo

Though much of the music listened to by the so-called mods and rockers in mid-1960s England gets played on the same oldies stations today, there was a real cultural divide back then. The mods favored sharp, colorful suits, the music of The Kinks and The Who, riding scooters and popping pills. Clad in black leather, the rockers rode motorcycles and preferred the likes of Gene Vincent and Elvis Presley. In reality, they were two sides of the same coin – young people searching for identity with like-minded youths. Pete Townshend brilliantly told their tale in The Who’s 1973 masterpiece, Quadrophenia, and director Franc Roddam brought those images to life in the 1979 film of the same name, available as a two-DVD set as part of the Criterion Collection.

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