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]Rockers by John Leo Waters

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"Rockers, Greasers call them what you will, they were the sworn enemies of all things Mod. Greasy long hair, leather jackets, motorbikes, Rock and Roll – all these things represented the very antithesis of all things Mod.

The Rocker has, thankfully, almost ceased to exist as a sub culture. The bikers of today bear little resemblance to the leather jacketed greasers of the sixties!" (read more ]here)
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As much as I was a Mod in the revival days, and although I wouldn't call myself one any longer, still ride about on a Lambretta, and am dead fussy about my [sign in to see URL] have to say, that 50's & 60's Rockers were far cooler than bikers from the revival period (all Iron Maiden Denim fuzzy haired air guitaring idots). At least the real leather clad rockers had their own style.
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I like all things 60's, which includes the Rocker culture as well as MOD. I occasionally attend Rocker functions which range from a few hundred to thousands, thus showing the rocker culture is well and alive, so was surprised as to why you think it has died out.

Some of the events are held in the UK's larger music halls because they are so well attended, indeed a few years ago I tried to attend one at Brixton accademy, but could not get a ticket because they had sold out within days of going on sale.

You make reference to modern day bikers and Rockers, which is a flawed avenue of thought, because since the origins of Rockers (Ton up Teds of the 50's) most bikers were bikers for nothing else then a mode of transport, so your line of thought would dictate that mods bear little resemblance to scooter boys or anybody else that has a scooter for transport.
The Rocker of today has changed as the Rockabilly style has influenced the scene, so if you attended an event you would see many Rockers in the style we have all come to know, and another group who tend be a lot younger who have taken on the American 50's biker look and blended it with the rocker look.
The Rocker scene has also melded with the Hot rod scene, so any event will be a mixture of Hot Rods/custom cars, Cafe Racers and Harleys, and of course their is always the Hells Angels and Outlaws contingents (1%s)

My dad was a hard core Rocker in the 60's and a Ton up Ted in the 50's, and he has always told me that the news papers sensationalized the trouble, and most of it was just brinkmanship with the odd slap, indeed my dad was a Rocker but had many Mod mates, and often hung out in the same places because many of the early Mods had come from the Rock n Roll scene, so new many of the rockers, so this description you give of "sworn enemies" was and is a fallacy that the media made the most out of to sell papers, yes there were problems, and a few fights, but nothing like you state.
An example of sworn enemies would be the Hells Angels and Outlaws, where fighting often results in serous injury or death and usually on each occasion they come into contact.

In the early 60's some Rockers evolved to be more then a Rocker as they became back patched and were the beginnings of the 1%'s in this country, and it is this group that would have targeted Mods for a fight, and would have been just as likely to attack gangs of Rockers.

A 1% is the biker that lives by a set of laws outside of main street society, and is now commonly know as Hells Angels and Outlaws, often involved in criminal activities and have a turf, that neither Mod or Rocker was allowed on. In the early to mid 60's these back patch gangs were aloof of each other, and it was only through takeovers, either voluntary or through violence that the Angels and Outlaws became the standard, thus all the other names of the gangs slowly died out.

This info is available from the Outlaw clubs web sites, often telling their history from Rockers, to back patch clubs in the early 60's to either Outlaws or Angels later on in the 60's.

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mods and rockers
interesting survey
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