THE TEDS BOOK
“In early 1954, on a late train from Southend, someone pulled the communication cord. The train ground to a halt. Light bulbs were smashed. Police arrested a gang dressed in Edwardian suits. In April, two gangs, also dressed Edwardian-style, met after a dance. They were ready for action: bricks and sand-filled socks were used. Fifty-five youths were taken in for questioning. The following August Bank Holiday, the first ‘Best Dressed Ted Contest’ was held. The winner was a twenty-year-old greengrocer’s assistant. Thus the Teddy Boy myth was born.”
This classic book is an amazing journey through the British underground movement of working class Teddy Boys. Originally published in soft back in 1979, the book was re-issued by publisher Dewi Lewis in hardback.
Chris Steele-Perkins is a nationally acclaimed British photographer and member of Magnum Photos.
Photos courtesy of Chris Steele-Perkins. www.chrissteeleperkins.com
BY CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS