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They were the best years of our lives. They called them the Swinging Sixties. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were rulers of pop music, Carnaby Street ruled the fashion world … and me and my brother ruled London. We were fucking untouchable. Ronnie Kray, My Story autobiography
For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do ... It is a time, in short, for a new generation of leadership – new men to cope with new problems and new opportunities ... and we stand today on the edge of a New Frontier – the frontier of the 1960s – a frontier of unknown opportunities and perils – a frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats. John F Kennedy, acceptance speech July 1960
This was Britain’s first introduction to the presence of two warring factions: the Mods and the Rockers. It proved just the beginning. Trouble flared again at Whitsun, the late Spring bank holiday. This time in Brighton, Margate and Bournemouth. And continued throughout the summers as other towns saw similar skirmishes. Timeshift: Mods, Rockers and Bank Holiday Mayhem, BBC 2014
Style was central to the Mod world ... It was a whole way of life and a departure from the past. ibid.
But at the same time there was another group of working-class youth loudly asserting themselves the Rockers. ibid.
‘The ton-up boys set off ... To wind and weave, and often to be a menace.’ ibid. public information film
It was British motorbikes that were at the centre of their world. ibid.
Carnaby Street went Mod ... Music went Mod. ibid.
They had much in common. ibid.
‘It was a good time to be young.’ ibid. female rocker
One Mod said, ‘We were trying to get away from the Council estates, the pits and the factories – all that cloth-cap bullshit.’ Richard Weight, author A Very British Style
In the 1960s we were fighting to be recognized as equals in the marketplace, in marriage, in education and on the playing field. It was a very exciting, rebellious time. Marlo Thomas
The late Sixties would be remembered for many things. But increased productivity was not one of them. The British at Work: Them and US 1964-1980, BBC 2011
The new and radical ideas of the Sixties would sweep them [grammar schools] away. The Grammar School: A Secret History I, BBC 2012
I always knew the Sixties wasn’t a revolution. It really was just a bunch of university students with wealthy parents having fun. John Lydon
The 1960s was the most marked decade of change Britain had ever seen ... Art was at the forefront of that renaissance. A new art that was revolutionary because it was made by young people. Janet Street-Porter, The Genius of British Art: Modern Times, BBC 2010
You guys blame me for the Sixties. Charles Manson
This is the story of the crime that helped define the Sixties. The Great Train Robbery, ITV 2012
In the 1960s some British youths had embraced a well-heeled fashion trend calling themselves Mods. They wore stylish Italian suits and drove Vespa scooters. Gangland s1e8: Hate Nation, History 2007
To some the Sixties will always be being a Mod or a Rocker. Suggs, Teen Spirit: The Mods and the Rockers, Yesterday 2011
The Mods: clean-cut sharp-looking threads, listening to soul, ska and some of the greatest British pop music ever made, riding about on their Lambrettas and Vespas. The Rockers with their leather jackets, jeans, greased-back hair, tearing around on their powerful motor-bikes to the soundtrack of American rock n roll. Needless to say, there wasn’t much love lost between them. ibid.
Unfortunately, a lot of people remember the Mods and Rockers solely for the bank-holiday scuffles at the seaside. ibid.
Being a Mod meant dressing well in fancy clobber. ibid.
Carnaby Street – it was right here in the heart of London that so many came to buy the latest Mod gear. ibid.
The loose-fitting hooded Parka – how did they factor into the neat, sharp look of the Mod? ibid.
Rockers: theirs was a world of leather jackets, jeans and Transport cafés. ibid.
The bikers were a noisy powerful symbol of all the rockers stood for. ibid.
Rockers were just as comfortable hanging on the back of a Gold Star. ibid.
For the wider public these coffee-bar cowboys were an intimidating threat to society, which wasn’t always the case. bid.
The Ace Café on the North Circular road in London. ibid.
The soundtrack to their lives was also poles apart. ibid.
What really revved them up was some good old fashioned rock-n-roll. ibid.
Courtesy of the British press it soon became Mods vs Rockers. ibid.
Clacton-on-Sea Easter 1964 ... Mods and Rockers knocked lumps out of each other. ibid.
Guess what – the Mods and the Rockers didn’t destroy British society. ibid.
Flower Power was a long way from the Mods and the Rockers. ibid.
A lot of good memories and lasting influences came out of it. ibid.
Make love, not war. Student slogan 1960s
The Britain that is going to be forged in the white heat of this revolution. Heath vs. Wilson: The 10 Year Duel, BBC 2011
The Heath/Wilson duel spanned four elections. Their rivalry was both political and personal. Harold Wilson and Edward Heath were the political titans of their era: two grammar-school-boys born in the same year. Who grew into entirely different men bound by fate. Their double act did come to an end, but by then the Heath/Wilson duel had defined a nation. ibid.
The self-made Yorkshireman, with his home-spun pipe, Gannex raincoat and humble tastes, revolutionised the political landscape. ibid.
Heath’s performance at the dispatch box was a devastating disappointment. ibid.
The personal animosity was palpable to MPs watching. ibid.
In the autumn of 1967 Wilson and his chancellor James Callaghan were finally forced into devaluation: what concerned Wilson more than anything was how to present this surrender to the British people. ibid.
Through the Sixties ideas of culture had become wilder and wilder. Great Thinkers: In Their Own Words III: Culture Wars, BBC 2011
I’m back in the Sixties. Yeah, baby! Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 starring Will Ferrell & Mike Myers & Heather Graham & Michael York & Robert Wagner & Rob Lowe & Mindy Sterling & Seth Green & Verne Troyer & Elizabeth Hurley & Gia Carides & Oliver Muirhead et al, director Jay Roach
I’m going to go back to the Sixties and steal Austin Powers’ Mojo. (Time & Theft & 1960s) ibid.