Biker girls were in a minority in the rocker fraternity.
In 1966 Britain had a massive housing crisis, with three million people living in slums. Families were frequently pulled apart, and women were on the front line.
Sexist, slapstick and silly, the Carry On… films were the longest-running British comedy franchise, with 31 interchangeably inane variants on the formula between 1958-92.
Theatrical publicity stunts accompanied the opening of new boutiques. For the launch of Lady Jane’s Birdcage in 1966, the owners put a bikini-clad model in a cage and hoisted it above the street.
A good angle? David Hemmings observes the girl-on-girl action in Antonioni’s self-conscious movie ‘happening’, Blow-Up.
Was the hugely successful musical Hair a sell-out? ‘The real hippies were repelled by its banalities,’ wrote one.
Atlantic City, 1968 – angry women dumping ‘the degrading Mindless-Boob-Girlie-Symbol’. This was the electrifying moment when American feminists sparked a new movement.
Susannah York, Beryl Reid and Coral Browne starred in The Killing of Sister George (1969). Members of the Gateways Club played themselves.
Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes
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Millions Like Us
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Among the Bohemians
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