Mod Mod (from modernist) is a subculture that originated in London in the late 1950s and peaked in the early-to-mid 1960s. Music: modern jazz, ska, reggae, R&B, soul, British bands such as The Who, The Small Faces etc Fashion: Carnaby street fashion, mainly tailored but later, brands such as Fred Perry and Ben Sherman. If you were female, wear short bright coloured frocks and tall bright boots. Attitude: Obsession with style. Reputation for fighting Social Life: Socialized in groups at seaside resorts on the South of E England at weekends Cathy McGowan, who hosted the television n pop music show Ready Steady Go!, became known as the "Queen of the Mods"
Freak Scene The freak scene was a term used by a slightly post-hippie and pre-punk style of bohemian subculture. Music: David Bowie, Pink FloydFashion: Long hair; Hair dye; Historical; A group were made to seem like a gathering of characters Attitude: RelaxedSocial Life: Went to different rock festivals, happenings and alternative society gatherings of various kinds.Attitude from Wider Society: thought they were “freaks”
Origins of Teddy Boys Working class youths adopted this style as their own. They created the classic Teddy Boy look. The classic Ted had a long jacket with a velvet collar. The velvet collar was a particularly important part of the look. The jackets were usually in plain material with blues or greys being common. It was during the seventies revival that the Teddy Boy look acquired the bright shocking pink, electric blue and lime green colour schemes, for example, as is illustrated by the seventies band, Showaddywaddy.
What they Wore Teddys wore drainpipe trousers and narrow ties, often with horizontal stripes. Sometimes they wore an American style bootlace tie as an alternative. Thick crepe-soled suede shoes, known as brothel creepers completed the outfit.
How to spot your Hippie Head band accessories Loose leather jacket Unruly facial hair Beaded Bracelets Levi Strauss jeans Acoustic instruments (out of tune) Tin cup Coned-converse
Origin of the hippie This subculture was largely music and drug orientated. Around the 60s teenagers had more money so a revolution of easy access to drugs started. When this was combined with popular rock n’ roll and folk sounds, a ‘psychedelic’ movement in music was encouraged. This further encouraged a whole movement in freedom or liberalists as the ‘relaxed’ nature of this sub culture lead some people to follow very simple lives. This then lead to radical hippies which would perform protests in aid of global causes until the start of the 70s when the culture slowly died out.
Until the post-World War II years, motorcycling held a prestigious position within British society and enjoyed a positive image, being associated with wealth and glamour. Starting in the 1950s, the middle classes were able to buy inexpensive motorcars, and motorcycles became transport for the poor. The rocker subculture came about due to factors such as the end of post-war rationing in the UK, a general rise in prosperity for working class youths, the recent availability of credit and financing for young people, the influence of American popular music and films such as The Wild One, the construction of race track-like arterial ring roads around British cities, and the development of transport cafes. These factors coincided with a peak in British motorcycle engineering.
Rockers immersed themselves in rock and roll music and fashions, and began to be known as much for their devotion to the music as they were for their motorcycles. Many rockers favoured 1950s and early-1960s rock and roll by artists such as Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Elvis Presley; music that George Melly called at the time, "screw and smash" music. Two groups emerged, one identifying with Marlon Brando's image in The Wild One and with the Hells Angels, hanging around transport cafes, projecting nomadic romanticism, violence, anti-authoritarianism and anti-domesticity; the other being non-riders, similar in image but less involved in the cult of the motorbike.