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I remember seeing a 30 strong gang of boys from London at Canvey Island, bank holiday 1964. They were Mods but were proto-type skinhead. They went around singing Prince Busters 'Al Capone' as a gang song. I was well impressed, at 11 years old and saw my future that day.
The 1967 West Ham v Man U game was the first time as a 13 year old I saw organized football violence but trouble between West Ham and Millwall goes back to pre WW2. One reason was the rivalry between dockers working north and south of the river. Danny Baker the DJ from south of the river claims that he could tell the difference between accents from both sides.
I was in Sardinia, Italy recently and came across a Fred Perry shop with really decent BD's with a good collar roll. I haven't seen these in the UK but Italian guys still seem to wear BD shirts with good collars and not the short collars on sale here in the UK.
I have this raincoat that I was lucky to pick up in the UK in a sale at 75% off. It's a great coat but unfortunately not made in USA. I only wear it about 4 times a year though.I tend to stand out from the crowd these days wearing such clothes.
I never had a pair of monkey boots although I liked them. By 1969 my brother and his mates aged 14 were wearing them as a cheaper option to DM's. Girls were also wearing them so for my group of 16/17 year olds they were not so popular.
Although I was/am a soul fan If we are talking specifically about 1969 the music that stands out for me is that of  Desmond Dekkers'  'The Israelites' and 'It Mek'. His music could be heard in all the places we visited at that time. Many Skinheads turned against Reggae by 1972 but I still liked/like it in small doses.Today, I mainly listen to Classical music in my car, to help me avoid road rage incidents.
  Totally off topic but this was the magnetic football game I had as a boy. I looked on ebay to see if it was worth selling but in the end it went to the tip.
Now over 1000 pages. What ever happened to the bloke who started it? Where is 'Spirit of 69' ? Someone should tell him he created a monster.
This is not an original comment (given that there are now 1000 pages of this stuff) but the music was an important part of the Mod to Suedehead era. In my gang soul music was what we mainly listened to around 1966 onwards. (Following in the footsteps of the older Mods). Within that there was a hierarchy of 1.Stax, 2.Atlantic and 3.Motown. Motown we considered as watered down soul but it was the best to dance to, so was accepted and had its place. I don't know much about...
I watched the film and thought the same. I have some John Smedley shirts with the big collar that look similar to the photo.
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