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America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)

By John F. Lyons (auth.)

How was once American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British voters include American customs? And what photo did they kind of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging historical past explores those and different questions about the U.S.'s cultural and political impression on British society within the post-World struggle II period.

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Unimpressed with the bland music that now dominated the charts, some youngsters were drawn to blues music because of the emotional delivery and heartfelt honesty of the singing, the hypnotic rhythm of the music and the wailing of the harmonica. The skiffle boom introduced many to the music. Blues was then spread by a small group of specialist jazz record shops that began to stock blues records, by enthusiasts importing albums by mail-order from America and by disc jockeys on the American Forces Network.

What was novel was that English working-class youths had now discovered Europe and were ready, indeed eager, to know what was being worn by young people on the Continent,” T. R. S. ”134 Female Mods were far more numerous than Teddy Girls and female Rockers. They modeled their look on French stars like Jean Seberg, Juliette Greco and Brigitte Bardot. ” “British women never have looked more daring nor more alluring,” he remarked in October 1959. ”135 The look evolved to sporting short straight hair, trousers or ski pants and flat shoes.

68 Once they saw magazine photos of the exotically named star, Britons noticed that Presley had great film star looks and a flamboyant style of dress; wearing brightly colored shirts and suits, not the traditional dark suits and white shirts worn by most performers. Movie newsreels of Elvis revealed a wild stage show that INFLUENCE OF THE UNITED STATES ON BRITAIN, 1945–1963 21 included the overtly sexual swiveling of his hips. 69 As an added attraction, the older generation and the middle classes despised Elvis.

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