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1960's Britain had not yet developed its own style and was still in America's shadow. Britain was dominated by 1950's fashion and traditional values. But there were elements of change developing in radio, TV

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1960's Britain had not yet developed its own style and was still in America's shadow. Britain was dominated by 1950's fashion and traditional values. But there were elements of change developing in radio, TV and theatre and this is what I'm going to explore. At the beginning of the 1960's music was still heavily influenced by America. During the 1950's everyone was listening to Elvis Presley but by the late 1950's / early 60's new elements entered the music industry including new British artists. In 1959 Billy Fury, Cliff Richard and Adam Faith all appeared in the charts. They started to produce records basing their songs and styles on Elvis and his rockabilly music, but there was a new style of music emerging. In 1954 Lonnie Donegan had started to record his new-style songs which were called Skiffle. Skiffle started to become especially popular at the end of the 50's / beginning of the 60's.Another aspect of British life held by America was fashion. During the 1950's children's fashion was identical to their parents. But in 1960 new fashion ideas were introduced and children started to rebel. ...read more.

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The third TV show that became very popular at the beginning of the 1960's was 'Jukebox Jury'. It was a jury based show that commented on new singles enabling people to make their own decisions about it. This entertained young people and it brought out new styles of music. Lastly there was theatre. British culture started here very rapidly in the form of regional accents. The plays also developed more by mirroring real life. A writer particularly prominent in this era was John Osbourne. He wrote about real life situations including 'A Taste of Honey' which depicted working class people. This also helped to break down class barriers. In conclusion much of Britain's popular culture was a mix of American and 1950's Britain but changes were beginning to develop which would lead to a new British culture and a new era. The 1950's were different from nowadays. People were still recovering from WWII. Life was strict, there was a shortage of money and teenagers were none existent. Teenagers were regarded as adults and treated like so. But during the 1950's job flourished and so did affluence, playing a big part in Britain's developing 'youth culture'. ...read more.

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Where as before girls had more strict dress form, they began to wear very small mini skirts. 'Mods' listened to Blues, soul and rhythm that had come from America- artists like: Diana Ross. 'Mods' were materialistic, which brought a change in economy. Prices went up as well as wages rising by 34% by 1960. These groups were all mostly male working class teenagers. Young women were mostly 'Beatniks', they listened to jazz music. They rejected establishment and hated materialism, many even participated in the protest against nuclear weapons use. But they soon died out by the late 50's, a group similar to them re-emerged in the 60's. Overall you can see that much had changed by the late 50's and early 60's. Youth culture in Britain began to expand between these years and slowly became accepted as the norm. Teenagers began to break away from the strictness of British life, the life their parents led. Youth culture was all about breaking away from authority and making teenagers establish an identity. Over the late 50's and early 60's this happened a lot. In some respects it started popular music, fashion and a rise economy. Youth culture changed Britain's youth forever. ...read more.

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