Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age

Benjamin B. Roberts

Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age

Benjamin B. Roberts

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

160 pages | 12 halftones | 5.25 x 8.25
Cloth $18.99 ISBN: 9789462983021 Published January 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
When we think of young men rebelling against a boring, restrictive society, we tend to think of recent years—the rock-and-roll era, for example. But young men have always had a desire and tendency to subvert the status quo. Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age 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. Young men of this era practiced shockingly—or seemingly—modern modes of rebellion: letting their hair grow long, wearing colorful clothing, drinking excessively, challenging city guards, being promiscuous, smoking, and singing lewd songs.
            Cogently argued, this book 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.
Contents
1. The Dutch Republic in the Seventeenth Century
Amsterdam, 2017
Otto Copes, 1629
The richest country in the world
A country full of young people
Amsterdam, center of the world
The wedding party
Jeunesse dorée
Consumer goods
A fascination with children
Founding fathers of a new society
Young people in the Republic
2. Violence
College life
Frères d’armes
Armed young men
Student violence
Nations
Karel Vijgh
Loco parentis
Group behavior
Channeling violence
Sports
3. The Prodigal Son
The ‘Hair War’
Youth fashion
Bling-bling
Bright colors
Calculated sloppiness
Pimped-up clothing
Fashion and moralism
4. Alcohol
College life
Symposia
Drinking games
The Bentvueghels
Chambers of rhetoric
Foreign youths
From bad to worse
Daniel Souterius
Dirck Pietersz Pers
Father Cats
5. Sex
Whore-hopping
Public courting
Puberty in the Golden Age
Rembrandt, the late bloomer
Masturbation
Sodomy
Sex education
Venereal diseases
6. Drugs
A new trend
Adriaen Brouwer
Belladonna
Young people and novelty
Doom and gloom
Smoking: a burning issue
Medical discourse
7. Rock ‘n’ Roll
Bredero
Jan Jansz Starter
Secular songbooks
Making music
The art of love
8. Conclusion
Otto Copes, 1650
A new generation
Founding fathers
Moderation
Education and the Dutch mentality
Acknowledgements
Index
 
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