The parallels between the two are many; in the post-war '50s, both were underground movements that shared an affinity for beat culture and a distinct aura of rebelliousness against "The System".
The early sixties saw an explosion in the popularity of surfing worldwide, thanks in large part to "Gidget" movies. Crowded lineups became the norm, a fact that was hashed over ad nauseum in the underground surf culture - while at the same time offering many career opportunities for those who chose the surfing lifestyle as a career vehicle.
Mod culture followed a similar trajectory; initially the sharp dress and custom scooters were adopted as direct alternatives to the greaser look of the "rockers" of the time, but as the mass media quickly caught on to this trend, Lambretta and Vespa lovers went underground and morphed into "rude boys" who started tuning their machines for speed, eventually finding their way onto England's racetracks.Write comment (1 Comment)
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