In 1951, the Festival of Britain celebrated a more egalitarian and peaceful society. Nevertheless, young men were still called on to fight as conflicts erupted in Malaya, Korea, Cyprus and Suez. Then, as the nuclear threat increased, protestors took to the streets and CND was born.
This was the era of Angry Young Men, literate rebels against the old order: also of the Teddy Boy, creator of distinctive fashion, but representing a culture of violence and discrimination as seen in the Notting Hill race riots. Rock-and-roll caused riots of a different kind but produced Britain's first true pop stars.
Alan Sillitoe, John Osborne, Joan Bakewell, Tommy Steele, and Cliff Richard recall aspects of the decade, as do National Servicemen, Teddy Boys, and the black community of Notting Hill.
Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present.
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Hearing different people talk about different events.
All of them.
He was the narrator, but, they were all excellent.
A must-have for history buffs like myself.
Fantastic listening - this has a great range of authentic voices and makes the history really come alive as a story
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