The History of Mods & Skinheads Essay

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In the late 1950s in Post-War Britain, life for the average teenager was somewhat bleak. The rationed mind-set of the WWII generation was still a part of the social consciousness by the mid 50s, and the economy was slow to bounce back from the ravages of the war. Unlike America at the time, few people in Britain had the freedom for social pursuits or the lifestyle of leisure,(a phenomenon enjoyed mainly in the United States), and, especially if you were "working-class", your choices were much narrower. The first Mods, were not technically called Mods, but they were the first to carry-on in a manner that would later befit the ideals of the Mods in Britain. They weren't regents, but did come from middle-class new money; they were …show more content…
But, to keep in line with traditional accounts on the history of Mod, we will narrow our focus on historical developments around the capital city of London. As explained previously, Mod never began as a mass movement. The middle-class "stylists" may have impressed upon the future Mods a transient influence, and might have provided working-class kids with a formula for the ideals of Mod, but largely, and in many cases, independently of each other, Mods did it on their own. They picked up on certain music, certain fashion, and certain modes of thought that would become the common denominator for what brought Mods together in the first place.

Firstly, the music, (in London), was influenced by American G.I.s, (primarily black American G.I.s), serving tours in England after the war who frequented the clubs and participated in some of the nightlife in the capital city. They had cash to burn, from their government paychecks, which, at the time, was vastly more than what a London twenty-something might've been making at the time. Due to the nature of racism, (and, though there weren't lynchings in England), black G.I.s soon found that even in a town as big as London, there were only a few clubs that were willing to deal with their kind. However, these clubs became sites of refuge for the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines that would frequent them. And, the clubs wanted to keep their patrons

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