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Popular Culture At The Beginning Of The 1960's

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Popular Culture at the Beginning of the 1960's

The early 1960's was a period of time where standard of living was
rising and there was more consumer goods to buy and people were on
higher wages so could now afford luxury items which they would of
never thought of buying. The 1960's was a period of great change,
particularly in the younger generation of people. A good quote from
the Prime Mister at the time sums up the early 60's in a way which
many would agree with, 'you've never had it so good', he said this at
the 1957 general election - but some people still think the late 50's
as 'grey' this reflects the culture of Britain at the time.

The 1960's was a period when there was great change in the music,
teenagers and fashion scene. There were about 5million teenagers of
which many had money to spend, many were spending £8.00 week on
clothes, records, cosmetics and entertainment and were greatly
influenced by goings on in America. These new teenagers like the
new/changing music scene of Rock and Roll, very popular at this time
was Cliff Richard who took the scene by storm, and the women also
regarded him as a sex object in the early 60's. Other seeds of British
music were also a merging at this time, famously The Beatles. Fashion
was also on the change from wearing parents clothes which was
conservative to being know as Teddy boys which were the rockers,
hippies, etc or radical, liberal people.

The adults on the other hand were all conservative and were pretty
much against any change. They also had completely different taste to
music than the teenagers they liked popular easy listening music, like
Frank Sinatra, Joe Loss Orchestra, etc.

In the 60's there were also great changes in the media (tv, radio,
press, magazines). T.V changed dramatically in the 60's. Early 60's TV
dominated by middle and upper classes, but Coronation Street started
and was about working class people this new drama changed TV and
started to reflect society. The 60's bought lots of new shows to the
public this was the start of campaigning programmes e.g Tonight also
dramas were beginning to become very popular, 'Cathy Come Home' was a
great impact on society. By the mid 60's TV had a major influence on
youth by programmes like 'Ready Steady Go', 'Cathy McGowan and 'Ready,
Steady, Go' were magic, compulsory viewing. Manfred Mann singing '5,
4, 3, 2, 1' was the theme music. I'll never forget that wonderful
catch-cry 'the weekend starts here!', with the accompanying feeling of
freedom, excitement and youth', this account show how important TV had
become to the youth of the nation.

Radio in the early 60's was poor and contain little interest in the
youth as it was light programmes like, ''sing something simple' but
the 60's saw the big change of radio in 1962/63 saw the start of
pirate radio...

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