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May 2017 back issue
The Teds
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by Chris Steele-Perkins
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1956, sixty years ago, was a watershed year for Teds. In September that year the Bill Haley film Rock Around The Clock arrived in the UK. With five records in the top twenty, Haley was a major star and the film screened at some three hundred cinemas across the country. It wasn’t long before the riots started. At London’s Elephant and Castle Trocadero seats were slashed, and when the police attempted to disperse a throng of jiving, singing teenagers, bottles and fireworks were thrown; four shop windows were smashed. Two police were injured and nine Teds arrested. There was further trouble in many other cities including Manchester and London whilst in  Birmingham, Blackpool, and Belfast the film was banned. Whilst the appearance of Teds can be traced back a couple of years earlier, 1956 was the true ’Year of The Ted’ – the year in which they became central to youth culture in the UK and could no longer be ignored. Originally published in 1979 The Teds looks at this phenomenon. The book had been out of print for a couple of years, although it had gone through four different re-prints, and Dewi Lewis agreed to do a larger format with a different layout, yet keeping the original sequencing and the text by Richard Smith.
London. Adam and Eve pub in Hackney.1976.
London. Barry Ransome in The Castle, Old Kent Road 1976.
London. Lyceum Ballroom. 1976.
Bradford, England. 1976.
London. Tongue Tied Danny's wedding. 1976.
Portsmouth, England. Pete Presley in the dressing-room, Portsmouth Locarno. 1976.
Newcastle, England. 1975 .
England. Kenny. 1976.
London. The Castle, Old Kent Road. 1976.
London. The car-park of The White Hart, Willesden. 1976.
England. Freddie 'Fingers' Lee. 1976.
Southend, England. 1977.
England. Frances, Kate, Emma, Studs & Ben. 1977.
England. Mr and Mrs Elvis Presley, Billy Taylor and Crazy Cart. 1979.
Red Deer, Croydon, England. 1976.
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