"many blacks were skinheads or formed their own crews, such as the Kilburn Blacks and the Kilburn Whites."
Was there really a crew of all black Kilburn skins??
On a different subject :-
(and I apologise if this has been mentioned previous)
I've just been reading the Keith Moon biogrophy, 'dear boy' by Tony Fletcher.
And was interested to read the chapter when Keith Moon opened a discotheque in Hatfield at the 'Cranbourne Rooms' (which ajoined the Red Lion pub off the Great North Road/A1000) What a night!
Do any of the originals on here, have any insight or knew of anybody who was at this event? It was late 1969 I think.
Keith moon arrived at this venue with his entourage, wife, friends and members of 'Thunderclap Newman', to find out it was dominated by Skinheads.
To quote the book :
'The entire entourage had long hair. As far as they were concerned, it was the fashion. They were wrong. The Cranbourne rooms were dominated by skinheads.
Every action, they say,causes a reaction, and the natural reaction to the new underground rock, with it's pronounced emphasis on musicianship that frequently resulted in extended guitar solos, and the increasingly bohemian accompanying fashion of flared trousers and flowing jackets, long hair and beards, was manifested in England in the late 60's emergence of the skinhead. Proudly working class, the skins emphasis was on looking sharp and hard, to which end he cropped his hair, wore Dr Martens boots, Ben Sherman or Fred Perry shirts, and turned-up jeans with braces. He couldn't give a shit about 'the underground' and he dispised the very outdoor festivals. For the skinhead the music of choice was west Indian-produced or influenced ska, as epitomised by Desmond deckker's razor sharp single 'The Isralities', which went to number one in the UK in 1969 right as 'Pinball wizard' was heralding the Who's infactuation with rock opera. In many ways, skinheads were the throwback to the mods of the early 60's, with their meticulous attention to style and their love of black dance music. But their ethos was underscored by an obsession with violence - be it street fighting, football hooliganism or, ultimately, paki-bashing through skinheads thrived on the music of the West Indians, they had a hatred for the new immigrants from the Indian subcontinent who had begun to arrive in Britain in their thousands.
Given that the skinheads had been highly visible over the recent months - in the pop charts, on the football terraces and in the newspapers (they had even attacked the fringes of the Rolling Stones free concert in Hyde Park the previous July, baiting the stoned long-hairs for whom they held nothing but contempt) - Keith should have been immediately wary of their pressence upon entering the Cranbourne Rooms. But he wasn't: he didn't know how to be deterred from having a good time.'
Make of them observations what you will. But suffice to say Keith Moon had a great night. And wasn't intimidated by the skinheads. I think the skinheads had a fair bit of respect for the Who, with their Mod roots, and notoriety.But it did turn ugly outside. The skinheads in question were very young (to be fair), and who's to say what caused the fracas. Just wonderd if anyone had any insight on this famous night in 69?
Is that the Jump the Gun overcoat? If so how is the quality? Worth the price? Also, very jealous of the maroon Fred Perry sweater in the other pictures.
That is the same night, yes.
Apparently the skinhead mob started throwing coins at the Bentley, and then bottles.Then it just escalated. Nobody really knows exactly what happened.
Would be a laff to see this comic book.
"Me too i did all my own stitching and ironing, I got very good at it, when i joined the Army I already knew how to Iron, stitch and bull my boots, I also did all the stitching for my kids
My jeans would just be above me ankles."
Good to hear, i've gotten my girlfriend to teach me how to hem jeans as well as "take in" pant and shirt sleeves. very handy.
I remember seeing this site mentioned somewhere in the thread, im sure of it, but i can't seem to find mention of it - does anyone have any experience with these harringtons? they're stupidly cheap ($40 posted to australia... you can't buy a new harrington here for anything less than three times that). it's almost cheap enough to just buy without worrying but I may as well check -