By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British electorate include American customs? And what photograph did they kind of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging background explores those and different questions on the U.S.'s cultural and political impact on British society within the post-World conflict II period.
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Jones joined a number of rhythm and blues bands and began to play the saxophone after reading Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road. He loved Hollywood movies, particularly the 1960 release The Alamo, based on the Battle of the Alamo fought in Texas in 1836, and especially admired the Texan rebel Jim Bowie played by Richard Widmark. Jones became a singer in a local band and, to avoid confusion with another Englishman with the same name, Davy Jones, who later found fame with the Monkees, he decided to change his name.
The United States inﬂuenced the way Britons danced, the way they spoke, the food they ate and the clothes they wore. The mass-production, consumer economy with its sophisticated sales and advertising techniques journeyed across the Atlantic to Britain to change how British people worked and shopped. Even British politics displayed the ubiquitous inﬂuence of the United States. As we will see in the next chapter, however, the extensive American inﬂuence on British society induced both wild admiration and intense dislike of the United States of America.
A few girls, it’s true, were into bikes with the same passion as Ton-up Boys themselves. ” Unable to afford a bike, Rocker girls generally rode pillion. They wore leather jackets, tight skirts and plenty of lipstick and other makeup. 98 As Hollywood’s grip on the nation waned in the 1950s, it was replaced in the public imagination by television. The BBC began television broadcasts in November 1936 from their studio on top of Alexandra Palace in North London. 4 million by 1952. The 1953 Coronation of Elizabeth II spurred a further growth in television ownership.