By John F. Lyons (auth.)
How used to be American tradition disseminated into Britain? Why did many British electorate embody American customs? And what photo did they type of American society and politics? This enticing and wide-ranging historical past explores those and different questions about the U.S.'s cultural and political impression on British society within the post-World battle II period.
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The steep price the United States charged Britain for essential war-time supplies under the Lend–Lease program, and the way they abruptly ended the initiative only six days after the war with Japan had ended, convinced many that the US government wanted to push Britain into a crippling debt. “Not many people in this country believe the Communist thesis that it is the deliberate and conscious aim of American policy to ruin Britain and everything that Britain stands for in the world. A. 9 The United States faced further resentment and anger as it surpassed Britain as a world power.
Teenagers loved the simple riffs and chugging rhythms of the music that exuded aggression, energy and deﬁance. Rock ‘n’ roll stars had attitude, epitomized by the swagger, bravado, sexually suggestive dancing and raucous antics of Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. While the big bands and popular balladeers of the decade were staid and restrained, rock ‘n’ roll was full of raw power and its ampliﬁed electric guitars and exhilarating rhythms touched people on an emotional level. In turn, rock ‘n’ roll was condemned by adults because it seemed to solicit a frenzied and sometimes violent response in British teenagers.
A compere often encouraged children to scream and shout, boo and hiss, all the way through the shows. 79 It was not just what was on the screen that enticed people off the street; it was the pleasurable experience found in the movie theatre itself. Some cinemas were local “ﬂea pits,” but many were “picture palaces” that supplied a luxurious experience for cinema goers, far warmer and more comfortable than the homes they lived in. The Astoria Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London, exempliﬁed the dream palace experience.
America in the British Imagination: 1945 to the Present by John F. Lyons (auth.)