Speaker: Nixon, John, 1947 - 0, Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Interview 1: Brief family background in Belper Street, Leicester, mention of Boys' Brigade, earning money for local dances. Mentions first immigrants coming to area, eleven plus exams at Hugh Latimer School, parents having liberal attitudes, wanting to be commercial artist. Lists cafes & coffee bars of 1960s, describes fashionable 'student' look, popularity of the Beatles, detailed description of clothes and where to get them, trips to London in 1964, bands at Il Rondo in Leicester, attitude being to have a good time, lists drugs available. Talks about end of Mod movement in later 1960s, mention of Family, Alex Barrow, attitudes to sex and contraception. Interview 2: Lists Leicester's clubs in 1960s, such as Burlesque, describes the Blue Beat club. Talks about drugs, different types of Mod, overlap with beatniks, fashionable clothes, hairstyles, books, music. Describes being a disc jockey (DJ) at the Burlesque. Mentions attitudes to 'the (Atomic) Bomb', youth rebellion, politics. Anecdotes of travelling round Europe in 1967, of meeting the band Cream in a pub, the coming of American West Coast music. Relates marriage in Gretna Green, attitudes to pregnancy and marriage. Talks about Leicester musicians, such as Family, Mick Pini, Gypsy, venues such as House of Happiness, Il Rondo. Reflects on Leicester not being a 'happening' place, travelling to other cities, clubs getting rougher when licences were given out. Mentions USA important for music rather than style, comments on Leicester never having good medium sized venue.
Place of birth: Leicester
Education: Hugh Latimer School
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s
Recording Date: 11/2/2003
Playing time: 3 hrs 14 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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