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Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's

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Describe popular culture in Britain at the beginning of the 1960's Popular culture in the early 1960's was very different from life in the 1950's but a lot of things in the 1950's would have affected the 1960's. In the 1950's Britain's economic situation was still recovering from World War 2. By the late 1950's things were beginning to change rapidly, people were had more money because wages were going up, taxes were going down and unemployment rates were extremely low. Having more money meant people good buy a lot more goods and luxuries which many ordinary people may not have been able to afford before. Hire purchase became a popular way to buy goods before they had the money, this was another reason more people could buy more and afford things that they had not before. ...read more.


Source H Shows a view that teenagers now have "power" because of their money. Magazines such as "Honey" and "19" were brought out for "Teenagers" for the first time in 1961. These kinds of magazines had never been around before they provided information on the latest fashions and music and were designed specially for Teenagers. America was a big influence to Britain's music and film industry, American singer "Elvis Presley" was one of the most popular singers in Britain in the late 50's and early 60's, popular actor "James Dean" was also American, and most films in the cinema were American. American trends were often copied and many American hit's were covered by British singers. ...read more.


They often dressed in black, had messy beards and hung around in coffee bars. Musicians such as Bob Dylan were popular among Beatniks. In the early 1960's popular culture was heavily influenced by America and the1950's in Britain. Singers such as Elvis Presley from America were very popular and many British singers copied the styles of American music. Soap Operas were beginning to break through and be seen on telly for the first time. The British film industry was very weak and American films were shown in the cinema, starring Actors such as James Dean, Who was very popular in Britain. The "teenager" was for the first time being recognised and gaining independence and money. Their new found money could afford their music magazines cosmetics and entertainment. Daughters no longer looked like miniature versions of their mothers. ...read more.

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