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Selected..the Rejected!

Daily Mirror
Story: Ken Tossel
Picture: Tom Buist

These four 16-year-old punk rockers might look dejected. But soon they may find it difficult to live down to the name of their group . . .The Rejected. For they performed a song they wrote – about the plight of jobless teenagers like themselves in their home town of Sunderland – on a BBC-2 documentary last week. And now three recording companies are interested in the boys who

Tory councillor lashes BBC

Evening Chronicle

A TELEVISION documentary which painted an abysmal picture of Sunderland may discourage industrialists from moving to the town. It probably frightened off Argentinian soccer star Alex Sabella and it could spark a huge migration of youngsters. So says Tory councillor Joseph Landau, who condemned last week’s BBC-2 Brass Tacks programme as one-sided and unbalanced. Despite initial revulsion, he says the episode has prompted him to look for new solutions to the town’s serious youth unemployment. Now he’s planning to set up a working

Are The Kids Alright? Brass Tacks, BBC2 (1979)

BBC2
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Brass Tacks
Are The Kids Alright

With unemployment running at twice the national average the age of leisure has come early for many of Sunderland’s youngsters. Michael is 16, on the dole, and buying a £300 guitar on HP. His recently-formed punk band, The Rejected, is receiving encouragement from the local community theatre, which is also facing government cutbacks. What use is Sunderland’s new £7-million leisure centre and pedestrian precincts to Michael’s generation?

Plight of the youngsters

Bradford Telegraph & Argus

In Sunderland the problems of youth unemployment are writ large. There are 40 percent fewer small businesses than the national average. The shipyards and coalmines are threatened with closure. Dole queues and boredom are the lot of many youngsters in the area. In Are the Kids All Right? BRASS TACKS (BBC-2, 8.5) talks to the young unemployed of Sunderland including Michael, a 16-year-old whose dreams of making it are

NO JOB, JUST A £300 GUITAR

The Liverpool Echo
TV GUIDE
TONIGHT’S CHOICE

A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD who’s on the dole and whose dream of making something of his life centres on a £300 guitar is one of the most interesting characters in tonight’s Brass Tacks film (BBC-2, 8.10). Although the film is about Sunderland, much of what it has to say about youth unemployment and bored youngsters could just as well apply to Liverpool. While many of the youngsters just drift from day to day and end up dispirited or in trouble, people like Michael Crawford with his new guitar and the new band he has founded

Kids on the scrap heap

The Sunday Sun

The youth of Sunderland is being thrown on the scrap heap. Unemployment has sapped their energy, they are shattered and just hanging about miserable. That is the picture gained by a BBC film crew which they will pass on to the nation via “Brass Tacks – Are the Kids All Right?” (BBC-2, Thursday, 8.05 pm). A New-Wave group called The Rejected is featured heavily and programme researcher Ian McNulty said the lads in it were the only positive youngsters they met among