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

Benjamin Roberts

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

Binge drinking and illicit sex were just as common in the Dutch Golden Age as they are today, if not more so. Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll in the Dutch Golden Age is a compelling narrative about the generation of young men that came of age in the Dutch Republic during the economic boom of the early seventeenth century. Contrary to their parents' wishes, the younger generation grew up in luxury and wore extravagant clothing, grew their hair long, and squandered their time drinking and smoking. They created a new youth culture with many excesses; one that we today associate with the counterculture generation of the 1960s.

With his engaging storytelling style and humorous anecdotes, Roberts convincingly reveals that deviant male youth behavior is common to all times, especially periods when youngsters have too much money and too much free time on their hands.

Benjamin Roberts

Benjamin B. Roberts is an American historian and journalist. He resides in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.