Well there was full employment and things were getting better. 'You've never had it so good' as MacMillan pointed out. You could still walk through Harlesden at night without getting mugged. Some skinheads looked for 'aggro'. Others saw it more as a fashion/music thing. Guns and knives were not commonplace. I know Harlesden very well, Someone has put a pic of the Willseden mob on this thread, I recognise half of them.. the lad in the maroon top had the nick name Rosco, the photo is taken in Church Street, Willesden cant remember the pub. Being a skinhead back then.. you could not just walk into any area on your own, if you was caught doing so you would get a kicking, We went everywhere firm handed, By 71, I think most of us had enough of getting nicked and hurt, I for one started going out with a smaller group, Lads i meet at work, We would go to clubs all over London, Got to know former enemies, There was still violence but on a much smaller scale, except at football where is was still wacky. Just noticed what you sad about Guns and Knives, Most of us carried knives, and they was used very often, Regarding guns, When they made the documentary about us they interviewed the police, and they said they believed we had guns put away, this was not true, If we could of got hold of them , i am sure they would have been used. I was out with some of my original skinheads mates last xmas eve, we was drinking in a Kilburn pub, talking about our teenage years, I said i was Traumatised by some of the things i witnessed, they agreed.