The picture says East End Boys 1970 but what East End? They look like the younger brothers of the earlier 'skinheads'. A bit like my younger brother and his mates.Where was the photo taken? It captures the spirit of the times.
This is Ska !
A programme from 1964 featuring the best in Jamaican ska, featuring Eric 'Monty' Morris, Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, (Toots and) The Maytals, The Charmers, Stranger Cole, Roy and Yvonne, The Blues Busters and Byron Lee and The Dragonaires
'The Long Good Friday' . Bob Hoskins delivered a great London dialogue with quite a few choice phrases. Apparently his accent was considered too strong for the US market and he was dubbed in a faux Cockney. A bit Dick Van Dyke. That upset him. A good London geezer, born outside London. An exaggerated version of some of my relatives.
The Damsons look good. Back in the late 60s my mob only wore 6/7 eyelet boots. We never went in for that 8 eyelet (or more) look with rolling up the jeans to show the full boot. Our 1/2 inch turn ups came just below the top of the boot. I remember this because when the police took our laces from our boots at Southend on Bank Holiday Monday we were able to run around the Kursaal with the top eyelet tied with a piece of string (nicked out of M & S) and the Police didn't notice.
This sums up nicely my thinking. Ironically by the time we accepted and used the term Skinhead in about 1970 we had started to grow our hair. I saw plenty of fighting between like minded kids but I never saw p*ki bashing. The Media had a lot to answer for. No doubt it went on but not in our crowd.The sense of collective identity was special.
That's right. I remember that MTM was not unusual for some 15/16/17 year old boys in our area. Plenty of local Jewish Tailors and there was a Burtons on many high streets where it was easy to get an affordable MTM suit. If you couldn't afford Burtons then you could go to John Collier (the Window to watch). My Dad and Uncles would get suits made up for family weddings. In Romford there was Alexandras? for younger men. We weren't rich but spent most of our money on...