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Describe Popular Culture in Britain at the Beginning of the 1960s'

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'Describe Popular Culture in Britain at the Beginning of the 1960s' Popular culture during the 1960's mostly consisted of music, television, magazines and some fashion. A very well-known quote can summarise the transformation in popular culture during the 1960's, 'In the 1950s, daughters tried to look like their mothers. In the 1960s, mothers tried to look like their daughters.' This famous quote illustrates the amazing change of popular culture from the 50's to the 60's. During the 60's, daughters were happy to become like their mothers and have similar morals and views on life. From the 60's children began to rebel. They decided they wanted to live life to its potential without the worry of every day issues. They had not one worry in the world. ...read more.


The 60's introduced game shows such as "Take Your Pick" which was viewed every Friday night. American influenced programmes and films such as "I Love Lucy" and "Wagon Train" and other regional programmes. ITV's "Coronation Street" and BBC's "Z-Cars" being the best examples, portrayed 'real life', whereas, up to that point TV only viewed life the way it should be lived. People were now able to see how normal working class people lived their lives. Both these programmes were criticised for showing too much of the way life is rather than the way life could be. Before this TV was criticised because it didn't identify such problems as poverty. In the 60's the price of a TV which was now in colour, had significantly decreased in price. ...read more.


Elvis Presley was the youth's favourite voicing his views on controversial matters through the lyrics in his music. This brought horror to the older generation but was much loved by the youth as they saw Presley as a rebel and something the English had never seen before. James Dean also a youth favourite let them know it was ok to have their voices heard. The only way teenagers were able to listen to music they wanted would be to tune in to Radio Luxembourg 208. Fashion also developed from the 50's to the 60's. The most significant of developments being the immodest miniskirt designed by Mary Quant. Controversy was caused when the miniskirt was worn four inches above the knee to the Melbourne Cup. This along with other fashion developments led to a "fashion revolution." Many new clothes were worn to go against there parents traditional views. ...read more.

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