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"Absolute Beginners" is a 1986 British rock musical film adapted from the Colin MacInnes book of the same name about life in late 1950s London. The film was directed by Julien Temple, featured David Bowie and Sade, and a breakthrough role by Patsy Kensit. The film was screened out of competition at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.


"Absolute Beginners" is a novel by Colin MacInnes, written and set in 1958 London, England. It was published in 1959. The novel is the second of MacInnes' London Trilogy, coming after City of Spades and before Mr. Love and Justice. These novels are each self-contained, with no shared characters.

  • also known as "Absolute Beginners~", "Absolute Beginners (Absolute Classics)"
  • language: English Language
  • genres: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
  • released in (56 years ago)


  1. "Absolute Beginners" was the theme tune to the film of the same name, composed and performed by David Bowie.
  2. "Absolute Beginners" was a single released by The Jam on 24 October 1981. Although it did not appear on any of the band's studio albums, it reached number 4 in the UK Singles chart. The song was named after the Colin MacInnes novel of the same name.
  3. "Absolute Beginners" is the 1986 single by David Bowie.
    • released in (29 years ago)
  4. "Absolute Beginners" is the 1981 single by The Jam.
    • genre: Mod revival
    • released on (33 years ago)
  5. "Absolute Beginners" is a musical EP of The Jam.
    • released in (34 years ago)
  6. "Absolute Beginners" is a musical EP of Richard Bivens & Foreign Press.
    • released in (9 years ago)


Absolute Beginners is a musical group.

  • album: "Det låter som musik"

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Google previewThe Rock & Roll Film Encyclopedia (2007)

by John Kenneth Muir

ambitious Absolute Beginners is a 1980s musical ...

Google previewThe Road to Romance and Ruin (2013)

Teen Films and Youth Culture by Jon Lewis

Absolute Beginners is a tour de force of steadicam cinematography and pop postmodernism. A closer look, though, reveals a rationale for such stylistic indulgence (and such a departure from ...

Google previewCastles Made of Sound (2002)

The Story of Gil Evans by Larry Hicock

Absolute Beginners is an offbeat musical that satirizes the emergence of rock and roll in the swinging London of the 1950s, It features rock star David Bowie, along with cameo appearances by several British-based pop and rock artists (Sade, ...

Google previewThe Movie Guide (1992)

by James Monaco

ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS is a tale of two swinging English teens, Colin (Eddie O' Connell) and Crepe Suzette (Patsy Kensit). set against the backdrop of emerging youth culture and racial tension in late 1950s London. As Suzette becomes a ...

Google previewThe New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (2015)

by Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor

Colin MacInnes, Absolute Beginners, 1959 Oh, couldn« t be doing with all that naph drag, ducky. ¦. Barry Took and Marty Feldman, Round The Horne, 10 April 1966. ¦. the cast of. ®Aspects. of Love ̄, Prince of Wales ...

Google previewThe Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (2007)

by the late Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler

Gil Evans for film Absolute Beginners '85; has also been active as teacher and comp. App. at MJF '93. CDs: w. John Donaldson (Koch Jz.); Michael Gibbs (Ah Um). BALLANTYNE, JON WILLIAM, pno, comp; b. Prince Albert, Sask., Canada, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Television (2014)

by Horace Newcomb

All Good Men 1974 Absolute Beginners (part of Fall of Eagles ...

Google previewExploring the Second Language Mental Lexicon (1999)

by David Singleton

The papers reporting this study make the point that the ten subjects under scrutiny presented as highly homogeneous in the sense that at university entry they were all absolute beginners in relation to the German language, that they were all ...

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