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Describe popular culture in Britian at the beginning of the 1960's.

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Britain was starting to change at the beginning of the 1960's. The 1950's were a time when Britain was just getting over the war and everyday goods were still being rationed. There was a lot of hardship as Britain was just rebuilding economically. There was high unemployment in the early 50's but towards the end of the 60's it got lower. There was a lack of consumer goods, which could only be bought by rich people. Many of the 1950's values were conservative values. Young people were now seen differently, in the 1950's they were either classed as 'adults' or 'children'. However towards the end of the 50's and early 60's they were called 'teenagers'. ...read more.


This was the start of distinctly British style of music. 'Skiffle' was a popular type of music, in the 1950's and 60's, which was introduced by Lonnie Donegan. He was a very influential part of the pop music scene during this time. In the cities outside London, a distinct musical culture was definitely growing, especially in Liverpool. Newly arrived immigrants who imported 'rare' American music (R&B) influenced this music. Northern bands were beginning to have an impact on the rest of the country. The Beatles were becoming popular in Liverpool around 1961-62, Lonnie Donegan was one of their main influences and they developed their own 'Mersey beat' style. ...read more.


The style was focused on ordinary people's lives-they were working class, real life drama. Television was just starting to become available to the working class as well as the rich, which meant it was quite popular. T.V sitcoms were developing and they were popular as the themes were based on the working class people's lives. Steptoe and son were one of the most popular situation comedies in British television history. The reason it was so popular is because, like the novels, it was based on real life. In conclusion, I think that popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's changed rapidly.It was very different to the 50's as people's interests were changing and people's views on life were also changing. ...read more.

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