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The 1960s USA
Transcript of The 1960s USA
In the 1960s, fashion was largely youth
driven. There were many different fashion trends
within different groups. One of the groups was called the
mods, short for modern, and their style of fashion was classy.
Their fashion was centered around London's music, art and
fashion. What they wore was slim-fitting, featured bold,
geometric shapes, and had bright, wild hues. Another group was the rockers. They wore black, leather jackets, and had greased,
pompadour hairstyles. In "The Outsiders," they are known as the
For women, there were many fashion trends. For example,
First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy made the pillbox hat popular.
Also, the stiletto heel shoe and mini-skirt were popular. The
bikini came into fashion too after it was featured in the
film, "Beach Party."
Hairstyles that were popular with women were the
beehive hairdo, and the chignon hairdo. Hairstyles that
were popular with men were the pompadour hairdo, the crew
cut hairdo, the flattop hairdo, and sideburns.
The Beatles were an influence on men's fashion. They made
the mop-top haircut, Beatle boots, and the Nehru jacket popular.
There were a few pant trends for both men and women. One of these trends were bell-bottom trousers. Bell-bottom trousers
replaced the capris which were worn in the early 1960s.
Another pant trend were jeans.
The hippie movement came in the late 1960s. Hippies wore
bell-bottom jeans, tie-dye articles of clothing, batik fabrics,
and paisley prints.
Welcome to 1960s USA! Here you will see things that were popular in this decade. You will see how people dressed, hear music from the time, see how people were entertained, and see cars and other modes of transportation that were used. Enjoy!
In film, the sixties ended the classical
Hollywood era, and started the New Hollywood Era.
Also, Hollywood films became all-colour. New film
formats, such as Imax, were invented as well.
The 1960s had many different famous films, with many different film genres. Genres of movies in the sixties consisted of historical drama (Cleopatra), psychological horror (Dracula), romance, comedy (The Pink Panther), spy (James Bond films), and science-fiction (Mysterious Island). Some of Hollywood's blockbuster films were: "Bonnie and Clyde," "The Jungle Book," "Mary Poppins," "Night of the Living Dead," "The Pink Panther,"
"Planet of the Apes," "The Sound of Music," and "Spartacus."
Popular television shows in the sixties were "The Ed
Sullivan Show," "Star Trek," "Doctor Who," and
"The Wonderful World of Disney."
Other popular shows of the sixties were "The Dick Van
Dyke Show," "The Tonight Show, " "Gilligan's Island," "Mission:
Impossible," and "The Flintstones."
Popular entertainers in the 1960s were Julie Andrews, Dick Van
Dyke, Woody Allen, Audrey Hepburn, and Bruce Lee. Other pop-
ular entertainers were Janis Joplin, Paul Newman, Jeanne Moreau,
and Anthony Perkins.
In the 1960s, the train was taken over by
cars and planes. Cars were used by individuals for
transportation, and planes were used for cargo. A new
car in the sixties cost about $2,750, and gas was around 31
cents per gallon.
There were different types of cars in the sixties. There were
economy cars, muscle cars, and pony cars. Economy cars were
cars made by the three big car companies of the 1960s and Amer- ican Motors. The big three car companies were General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. A few economy cars were the GM Chevrolet Corvair, the Ford Falcon, and the Chrysler Valiant. These cars
were also muscle cars. Muscle cars were bigger, faster cars than
those of the fifties. They were mid-sized cars with large, pow-
erful engines. They were distinguishable from sports cars,
as sports cars were smaller and had two seats. Pony
cars were American cars. They took their name
from the Ford Mustang Classic. Pony cars
had sporty, long front ends, and
Therefore, as you can see, the sixties in the United States of America was quite a unique decade. There were different, but stylish, fashion trends, catchy styles of music, fun entertainment, and nice cars. Now that you now all about the sixties, would you want to live in the sixties?
Mods and Rockers
Jacqueline Kennedy wearing a pillbox hat.
The Ronettes with beehive hairdos.
The Beatles wearing Nehru jackets
and Beatle boots.
In the 1960s, Americans' taste in music
shifted to Motown sounds, the British Invasion, and
folk rock. The Motown Record Corporation was founded
in 1960. The Marvelettes were with the Motown Record
Corporation, and they scored them their first #1 pop hit, "Please
Mr. Postman." The British Invasion was led by The Beatles when
they arrived in the USA in February 1964. Bob Dylan was a
famous folk rock singer.
There were many events in music in the 1960s. For example,
the Mary Poppins Original Soundtrack topped charts. Also, the
Grateful Dead was formed in 1965, giving birth to acid rock. The
Rolling Stones' song, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" hit #1 in
the summer of 1965 too. Another song that was very
popular was Nancy Sinatra's song, "These Boots are
Made for Walking." The Jimi Hendrix Experience
released two successful albums during 1967.
Also in 1967, Aretha Franklin's,
"Respect" came out.
In 1968, the Bee Gees released their debut album,
"Bee Gees 1st." Also in 1968, Led Zepplin was formed.
In the sixties, there were a few music festivals. There was
the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, and the Montery Pop
Festival in 1967, which was the beginning of the "Summer of
Love." There was also the popular Woodstock Festival in 1969 and
the Alamont Free concert in 1969.
It was mentioned before that Motown sounds, the British
Invasion, and folk rock were popular types of music, but those
weren't the only types of music that were listened to. People liked
R&B, soul, country music, pop music, reggae, and rock. There
were different types of rock, and they were: psychedelic rock,
surf rock, garage rock, blues-rock, roots rock, and progres-
The Marvelettes, "Please Mr.Postman"
Mary Poppins Original Soundtrack
The Rolling Stones, "(I Can't Get
Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots are
Made for Walking"
The crowd at the Woodstock Festival was estimated to be 400,000 people at the most.
"The Sound of Music" poster.
"The Wonderful World of
"The Ed Sullivan Show" logo.
The Beach Boys were one of the surf rock groups of the sixties.
They were made as affordable alternatives to muscle cars.
Some pony cars were the Yenko Camaros, the Hemi Cudas,
and the AMC Javelin.
1968 Ford Mustang
1960 GM Chevrolet Corvair
1969 Yenko Camaro
1960 Plymouth Hemi Cudas