The 1950s: the decade that invented teenagers and giant radioactive lizard monsters. And it’s hard to say which wreaked more destruction.
The 50s saw the rise of the rebel antihero, epitomised by Marlon Brando and James Dean, poster-children for mumbly, misunderstood kids everywhere. Hollywood woke up to the youth market – something that would have far-reaching consequences – dipping its toe into teen culture with Rock Around the Clock and Blackboard Jungle. Teen audiences showed their enthusiasm by spontaneous outbreaks of rioting and cinema-trashing.