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Mods, Rockers and Bank Holiday Mayhem

A look back at the bank holiday 'battles of the beaches', when hundreds of mods and rockers flocked to seaside resorts on scooters and motorbikes in search of thrills and spills.

A trip back to the days when 'style wars' were just that - violent confrontations about the clothes you wore. Spring 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the bank holiday 'battles of the beaches', when hundreds of mods and rockers flocked to seaside resorts on scooters and motorbikes in search of thrills and spills.

Timeshift tells the story of how this led to violence, arrests and widespread concern about the state of British youth. But mods and rockers had more in common than was first obvious - they were the first generation of baby boomers to reach their teenage years at a time when greater prosperity and wider freedoms were transforming what it meant to be young.

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60 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • The Crystals

    He's a Rebel

    Music Arranger: Gene Pitney.
  • 00:32

    Etta James

    In The Basement (feat. Sugar Pie DeSanto)

  • 00:34

    James Brown

    Night Train

  • 00:34

    Sugar Pie DeSanto

    Soulful Dress

  • 00:35

    Manfred Mann

    5-4-3-2-1

  • 00:42

    Googie Rene

    Smokey Joe's la la

  • 00:45

    Shirley Ellis

    Soul Time

  • 00:50

    Martini's

    Hung Over

  • 00:51

    Swizz Beatz

    Start

  • 00:52

    Bo Diddley

    You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover

  • 00:53

    The Crickets

    I Fought The Law

  • 00:56

    The Spencer Davis Group

    Keep On Running

  • 00:57

    The Who

    I Can't Explain

Credits

Role Contributor
Director Rebecca Whyte
Producer Rebecca Whyte
Series Producer William Naylor

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