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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swinging Sixties in photos

IDK why, but I've been in a severe 60s mood lately. Maybe it's because now that I'm pretty much moved in with my mom and stepdad and have all my stuff where it belongs, my room looks like the Swinging 60s exploded, with a Beatles blanket depicting the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album on it on my bed, a huge poster with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on the front of Rolling Stone Magazine on my closet door and a CD of Eric Burdon and the Animals on the floor near my bed, idk. I know I did a post on this already, but I just want to see if anyone actually says something. More curiosity than anything!
The name Swinging Sixties is a word used to describe the sudden boom of fashion and culture that erupted in London in the 1960s.

Some say it was a youth targeted phenomenon that emphasized new and modern times. It was a time of optimism, hedonism, and a cultural revolution. Others say it arose as part of British recovery after World War II. How the name Swinging came to be the name was at the time, Swinging was a term used to describe something cool, or hip. Later on in the 60s, American singer Roger Miller released a hit called England Swings, which painted a stereotypical image of England, with lyrics such as "Bobbies on bikes, two by two". And FYI, Bobbies are cops

-Making a literal soundtrack for the Swinging London image were bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Small Faces, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Dave Clark Five and other artists from the time people in America know as the British Invasion. Also psychadelic rock such as Jimi Hendrix was becoming popular, and also an icon, along with other British bands like Cream, and early Pink Floyd. Thanks to pirate radio, this music was heard all over the United Kingdom, with radio stations and shows like Radio Caroline, Wonderful Radio London, and Swinging Radio England
The Small Faces
Pink Floyd
The High Numbers, later to be known as The Who
The Dave Clark Five
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones. L-R: Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Keith Richards
The Kinks
Gerry and the Pacemakers

Fashion and Symbols

-During the Swinging London time, fashion and photography were being used, being featured in Queen Magazine, which drew a lot of positive attention to fashion design genius Mary Quant. Jean Shrimpton, a famous model, was an icon and also one of the world's first supermodels. She was the highest paid and most photographed models during this time, and she was often referred to as "The Face of the '60s" and has been considered by many to be "the symbol of Swinging London" and the "embodiment of the 1960s". Not to mention her younger sister Chrissie Shrimpton was going out with Mick Jagger while he was attending the London School of Economics. Other very popular models of the time included Veruschka, Peggy Moffitt, Penelope Tree. Twiggy has been called "The face of 1966" and "Queen of Mod", a name she shared with Cathy McGowan, who hosted the TV rock show Ready Steady Go! from 1964-1966.
Penelope Tree
Chrissie Shrimpton and Mick Jagger. I wonder if she wants to switch? LOL!
Cathy McGowan
Jean Shrimpton
Mary Quant
Peggy Moffitt
Mod related fashions began coming up. Miniskirts stimulated popular, fashionable areas to shop such as Carnaby Street, Kings Road, Chelsea. Also the British Flag became a symbol, along with events like England's home victory in 1966 Soccer World Cup. Also the Mini Cooper(started in 1959) was used as a moving billboard that had advertising on it.

This time was featured in movies as well, both celebratory and mocking. These include:
-Blowup (1966)
-Darling (1965)
-The Knack... And How to Get It (1965)
-Alife (1966)
-Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966)
-Georgy Girl (1966)
-Modesty Blaise (1966)
-Casino Royale (1967)
-Smashing Time (1967)
-Bedazzled (1967)
-Up the Junction (1968)
-If... (1968)
-Performance (1970). This has Mick Jagger in it if that's the one you're thinking of.

-Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

-Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
-Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002) or somewhere around there.

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