Explore Research: The Nineteen Seventies.

– 21.02.12 –

The 70’s decade had more of a political input to the world. From 1971, British money changed. From shillings to pound sterling’s. Before 20 shillings was a pound and then the decimilisation  system changed to 100 pennies to a pound. This was an impact to the British public as they were worried. The bigger problem with decimal currency, was that the public thought they were being conned to spend more than they usually would have. This showed that they weren’t familiar with the new system at the time. That may have been possible as shopkeepers could have taken advantage. But, inflation was also high at the time – so it could be debatable.


Margaret Thatcher came into power in 1979 – First and only UK female prime minister to date.  Also known as the ‘The Iron Lady’.


During the recession in 1970, many working class people had become a part of a new cult; skinheads. Skinheads were known as working class youths that acted out rebelliously against the recession. The style they had chosen were very masculine and Western Australian style as their was large scale of British migration towards Western Australia.

The fashion statement of the skinheads was impacted largely by manual working uniform. For example, Doc Martins, army boots, industrial boots, braces, military hair cuts.

The skinheads were also seen as violent threatening gangs who were very narrow minded about certain race and cultures i.e Pakistani’s and Indians were classed as “Paki”, a derogatory term used to undermine. They were known to start gang violence against pretty much anyone who came in their way or didn’t fit with their beliefs and customs.

A chant about “Pakis” was very commonly used amongst the skinheads towards them.

“Original British Style

skinhead say paki them can’t reggae
skinhead say paki them can’t jeggae

skinhead say paki no spend money
skinhead say paki no live no way

skinhead a bash them
skinhead a bash them
skinhead a bash them

skinhead say paki no live no way
skinhead say paki no have no woman


The skinhead subculture was heavily influenced with the genres of soul, ska, rocksteady and early reggae. There was also a mixture of punk rock, rock and disco.

Jimi Hendrix

The Pioneers.

Peace. – Sajj P.


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