Mods to Rockers
Mods to Rockers2 1 5 Author: Colin Stoddart
Post-war Britain in the early 60s was recovering from the financial pressures of the Second World War, and the death knell had sounded as its once-mighty Empire slowly sank beneath the waves. Britain had reached its own ‘crossroads’. Now, with peacetime conscription ending, no uniforms to wear and no regulation ‘short back and sides’ haircuts to endure, a new civilian army of youths was entering the workplace. Being the most prosperous decade since World War II, the working youth of the day now had a disposable income with money to burn.
This was a new battleground and the electric guitar became the weapon of choice. From the first battle between Mods and Rockers at Cockett Wick in 1961, to the notorious beachfront confrontations with coppers in Brighton in later years, Colin and his generation were sounding the drum for a new style, beat and ethos to take Britain into a brighter and more confident future.
His prevailing love of the guitar and rock ‘n’ roll music had prompted him to form a group with his friends at school, and so he pursued a parallel career over the next eight years while continuing to work in the bank. In a world consumed with music, his banking career took back seat, but would teach him how to count banknotes at high speed, a useful requisite should the group hit the big time and make it’s millions.
Follow the tale of a young man's journey into adulthood as he faces jail for being among a group of Mods who took on the Rockers in the first-ever major altercation near Clacton in 1961 – with the press coverage read by his non too impressed bank bosses - their pursuit of stardom, the opening of a new scene laced with Purple Hearts’, and the call of the dingy pubs and clubs, a million miles away from the super groups of the 60s like The Stones and The Beatles.
Learn of their travels during the very early years of the British rock ‘n’ roll era, sharing a stage with veteran American rock ‘n’ roll stars and eventually becoming the desired support group for many emerging British acts like The Who, Tom Jones, The Dave Clark Five, The Merseybeats and The Love Affair, plus numerous other popular groups of the time. An unforgettable highlight moment for the author and his pals was to meet and play on the same stage with one of his childhood heroes, the wild man of rock ‘n’ roll, Jerry Lee Lewis.
The new youth culture of the 60s took on the establishment and helped change the world forever. From a grimy black and white beginning, to a fun loving colourful ‘fab’ world known as the ‘swinging sixties’. And Colin saw it all.
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