the early to mid-1960s. Media coverage of mods and rockers fighting in
1964 sparked a moral panic about British youths, and the two groups
became labelled as folk devils.
and their appearance reflected that. Rockers generally wore
protective clothing such as black leather jackets and motorcycle
boots (although they sometimes wore brothel creeper shoes). The common
rocker hairstyle was a pompadour, which was associated with 1950s
rock and roll — the rockers’ music genre of choice.
The mod subculture was centred around fashion and music, and many mods
Mods wore suits and other cleancut outfits, and preferred 1960s music
genres such as soul, rhythm and blues, ska and beat music.
Rockers were a young and rebellious Rock and Roll
counterculture who wanted a fast, personalised and distinctive
bike to travel between transport cafés along the newly built
arterial motorways in and around British towns and cities.
The goal of many was to be able to reach 100 miles per
hour (160 km/h)—called simply “the ton”—along such a route
where the rider would leave from a café, race to a predetermined
point and back to the café before a single
song could play on the jukebox, called record-racing.
They are remembered as being especially fond of Rockabilly music
and their image is now embedded in today’s rockabilly culture.
taking style elements of the American Greaser,
the British Rocker and modern motorcycle rider to
create a style all their own.
Although slow to catch on, the trend has grown in North America.