My recent adventures in studying youth culture during the Spanish transition to democracy of the 1970s/early 80s brought me to the Estrecho Metro stop—a train station opened in 1929 in a working class neighbourhood called Tetuán.
Tetuán is made of approximately 49% of retired people, 11.74% unemployed, and 35% of the overall population is immigrant (source: FRAVM). Tetuán is also known for problems in education (source: http://www.tetuanmadrid.com/erosion-educacion-publica-espanola/). A lead brought me to a small store in the neighbourhood, HiperComics, owned by a guy who lived through the Movida himself, José.
Ill prepared for a summer rain, I ran to my destination, and talked with José (50) about the Movida. I also came across some rather important fanzines/primary source documents that I have been trying to get my hands on for the better part of the year. José was kind enough to let me take photos of some papers/letters from his personal collection which will be of considerable help to my research.
José talked to me about the store’s transition to an Internet presence—his massive collection of books, papers, and comics was noticeably in disarray… He talked about the difficulties he has had in recent years in the store, but because of his online sales, things were going better. Despite the economic crisis that Spain has lived in since 2008, small businesses are changing their models and finding new ways to adapt.
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