Dictionaries always provide two meanings towards subcultures. “A cultural subgroup differentiated by status, ethnic background, residence, religion, or other factors that functionally unify the group and act collectively on each member, or one culture of microorganisms derived from another.”
Yet Rock music has grown up as one major counter culture, and with the decades gone by it has been able to provide fertile grounds for the seeds of many subcultures around the world. Today, a particular nation cannot claim the ownership of Rock as it is belongs to the world.
‘Rolling’… is the name given to an urban style of Argentina, whose popularity exploded in 1995. A synonym of this tribe is the word "stone" or “rolling stones”. This subculture characterized by their aesthetic belief’s was based on various influences and “Mick Jagger”, the rock legend, co-founder of The Rolling Stones in the early 60’s. It is also characterized by his followers like the rolling rock, and the type of behaviors that are characteristic of the "culture neighborhood."
In 60’s the band “Rolling Stones” was hailed around the world as well as in Argentina. They died out quickly but the bar bands they inspired in Buenos Aires cultivated a rabid following that coalesced into the “Rolinga” or Rolling subculture.
“Rolingas” are identifiable by their Polynesian cargo cult style deification of The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger hair styles, and disdainful attitude for anything that isn’t “Rolinga”. They heavily borrow customs from soccer hooligans, so concerts are cramped affairs with chanting fans, giant flags with epithets, and the occasional streak of violence.
The “Rolingas” are fans of the style of music they created, the rolling rock, which they call simply "rock and roll."
They are ardent followers of bands such as ‘Street’ , ‘Mice Parade’ , ‘Intoxicados’ , ‘Los Piojos and ‘Sons of the West’, besides a large number of bands playing rolling on the track "underground" as ‘Gardeweg’, ‘the brat’, ‘Slumber’, ‘La Covacha’, ‘The 25’, ‘creature’ etc.
Now, Buenos Aires based Rolingas are one good example of ‘how Rock music spread around world’ and was adopted in various degrees.
By Pathum Punchihewa
Published on Youth Mirror - Daily Mirror (02nd December 2010)