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pigface, my uncle was a skin in the late 60's/early 70s.
not a big booted, skinners, tattoed type of skin like those from the 80s.
a proper smart sta pressed, ben sherman, loafers, suede head type.
i tried to copy him, i did however do a fair bit of oxblood dm and levi wearing tho. 8)
skinheads against racial prejudice 8)Posted 8 years ago
Not sure what to think about skins, my view is tainted by the early 80's NF stuff
The early 80s were a long time after the late 60s.
In the late 60s the skinhead culture was widespread and all embracing – in my school in Peckham Rye, it was almost compulsory – school uniform during the day, and skinhead uniform after school hours. The music was all based on reggae and motown, so was therefore also heavily influenced by black culture, eg. the hats, shaved partings, etc.
The skinheads of the 80s were a small minority who were probably more influenced by the SS.Posted 8 years ago
a few of my fave tunes, from singles my uncle gave me……Posted 8 years ago
I think you've a rose-tinted rear-view mirror.
Yep, very 8)
I won't deny that there was some violence – mostly against other skinheads (skinhead "crews"). Although "greasers" usually deserved a good kicking (though they were far and few between) After all, they would give you a kicking if they found you on your own.
And yes, sadly 'paki-bashing' was a term which arose from that era. Although how widespread it was, I don't know – none of my mates ever talked about being involved in it, and there were very few asians at that time anyway.
"Queer-bashing" however, was definitely widespread 🙁
Although to be fair, the British State regarded homosexuals as criminals until 1967, so being anti homosexual was official government policy 😐Posted 8 years ago
I don't remember the violence in the late 60s early 70s, I do remember lots of strutting around mainly markets looking for anything on Trojan.Posted 8 years ago
The clothes were great.
No one dress, crombie,two-tone suit, plain Ben Sherman and Loafers.
No two dress, Harrington, Ben Sherman,Levis Sta-Press and brogues with Blakeys 🙂
No three dress, Check Ben Sherman, Levis and DMs
Ahh isn't it.alpinMember
it's funny. one of our housemates is a bit of a skinhead (and half greek) and often trots off to ska concerts and the like. but, this area of germany where we are has a bit of a history.
we live in the first town to elect, by popular vote, a Nazi mayor. it is also the place where hitler gave one of his fiurst big speeches. and it is the gathering point for fascist 'Burschenschaften' or fraternities.
and such it is not unusual to see the following on the ends of peoples legs.
Posted 8 years ago
My memories ofthe skins in the 60s was deffo of violence and racism full of it and a very nasty bunch of folk.
Were you reading the Daily Mail back then TJ ?
Maybe your prejudice was fuelled by the widespread media campaign to vilify the skinhead culture. I certainly remember the shock and horror stories which were published to sell newspapers. As I do the ones about mods, rockers, teddy boys, punks, and all youth cultures…….the good-for-nothing, longhaired/skinhead, drug taking, layabouts with no respect.
The skinhead culture predominately, came from inner-city areas. These areas, since the industrial revolution, have always experienced higher levels of violence – so no great surprise then. The school I went to was in a fairly tough area, so a tendency towards violence would have existed with or without the skinhead culture.
Furthermore, these inner-city areas were also areas with high levels of immigrants. Racism has always existed – well certainly since the Slave Trade anyway, so it would be absurd to suggest that there was no racism in British inner-cities in the 1960s – of course there was. But this was not the basis to the skinhead culture.
In fact, as the skinhead culture derived from the soul/beat loving mods, they piggybacked on much of the West Indian immigrant culture. Reggae was absolutely central to the skinhead culture (although the importance of Motown should not be underestimated) And reggae has always been a powerful tool with which to fight racism – you only need to look at the role it played in Rock Against Racism and it's highly successful campaign to discredit the NF, at a time when it was having a significant influence amongst Britain's youth.
The post-sixties and European/American skinheads were/are totally different, and have a completely different history.
BTW, were you a soft spotty-faced scruffy long-haired hippy TJ ? ………..bet you were <scowls disapprovingly>Posted 8 years ago
you must be well old….
Well I can't deny that. Although TBH, teddy boys were a bit before my time. However iirc, newspapers like the Daily Mail, tended to use the term "teddy boy" long after they had ceased to exist, as a generic term for any non-specific youth who didn't have 'short back and sides' and wear sensible shoes (anyone wearing winklepickers) ie, 'juvenile delinquents' to Mr Daily Mail reader. Although the term rocker/biker (and "greaser" to us) would have been more appropriate. I also very vaguely remember the term "Beatnik" being used way past it's use by date, by the rabble rousing newspapers. Although beatniks were only ever really an American phenomena – which developed into the West Coast hippie movement.Posted 8 years agomeehajaMember
Some proper music from back then… I wasn't allowed Toots and the Maytals at my wedding as a first dance, but I've got pressure drop ear marked for my funeral!
If any one is in and around Leeds (such as Ton) check out the moonstomp nights every month(ish) in Leeds.. always a good turnout and some great music (suitable for old skins as well as the younger generation!)Posted 8 years ago
A couple "multi cultural " memories for me are walking through St Pauls in Bristol on Saturdays to football .Before we could drive .We never encountered any problems though the area had it's fair share of riots in later years .Then just outside the ground there was a West Indian record shop .Often we would be the only whites in there .Always had such agood laugh always welcome and the reggae they had in there was amazing .Stuff we had never heard of , they would play for us on there sound system and most of the time we would buy it .Posted 8 years ago
The other ways we got to hear new to us music (living in mid somerset it wasn't easy ) was the Glastonbury Tor Fair .The blokes running the Waltzers and the Dodgems would put these amazing tunes on .We just had to know what they were .Then we would go and pester our local record shop to order them .Thats where i first heard It's Too Late by Laurel Aitken .Double Barrel got to me when my mate went to Highbury to see The Gunners .I saw him that night clutching this single he'd bought in London saying youv'e got to hear this !Wow it blew me away !Happy days .
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