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Teddy Boys

A Concise History

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No youth cult has been so enduring, yet so misunderstood, as the Teddy Boys. From the moment they appeared in the early 1950s, inspired by the flamboyance of Edwardian clothing and the hot sounds of dance bands to seek escape from the austerity of the era, the Teds were maligned by a starchy British Establishment that had no idea what they were really about. As the movement swept the country, that scorn turned to fear, sparking moral outrage that lasted for a decade. 
Teddy Boys traces the roots of the Teds among the post-War spivs, the music of jive and boogie artists, and dances like ‘the creep’. The new fashion and its link with violence began to attract media attention after a fatal gang fight in south London, and soon Teddy Boy clothes, haircuts and dance styles were banned from concert halls around the country, to no avail. The arrival of rock ‘n’ roll and the hit movie Rock Around the Clock saw the craze reach its frenetic peak. 
This lively history tells how the Teds fell into decline after the Notting Hill Riots of 1958, but how their spirit was preserved by the leather-clad Rockers who fought with Mods in the 1960s. A landmark concert at Wembley in 1972, with artists like Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, revived the fashion, and the rising popularity of rockabilly expanded interest across Europe and beyond. The scene is now thriving again, with numerous reunions, gigs and events worldwide. Teddy Boys is the first ever account of an enduring popular phenomenon.

Customer Reviews

Mr Rockabilly

I was born in 62 so missed the original movement by a great many years. I remember watching a 70s show on the Teddy Boy revival and just being mesmerised by the cut of their clothes and the swagger of the men and women interviewed. My parents both lived through the 50s but neither were Teds are for that matter loved Rock n Roll poured scorn on the Teds which to me made them even more glamourous. Fast forward to 77 I brought my first pair of creepers, leather jacket, bootlace tie and became part of the greatest sub culture movement ever. My first drape was made for me as soon as I started work and the rest is history. Anyway Enuff about me this books a must read for all those involved in the scene over the years and a great big thank you to all involved.

Teddy Boys
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  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: 12 December 2012
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 128 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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