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Punk jacket in leather and metal
1980s section

High youth unemployment led many to stay longer in education and postpone settling down. Frustration was also growing in Eastern Europe, where the young saw little chance of advancement within failing communism. A common refrain appeared in the music of young people ‘No Future’. Economic, cultural and political stagnation inspired new genres and subcultures. Punk, for example, set out to shock and offend, offering a critique of contemporary society and lifestyle all over Europe.