ABSTRACT

I made contact with a motor-bike club in a large English city in 1969, and continued field work and interviews there over a period of nine months. The club is now closed and the members disbanded. During the period of 'the research' the club was very successful, and always full, and had an official membership in the hundreds. The boys were in the typical style of the motor-bike boy, or 'rocker', or 'greaser'. Studded leather jackets and greasy denim jeans were the norm. Large motorcycle boots or large marching boots were worn on the feet. Hair was normally long and greasy, swept back with a small quiff at the front. The leaders' jackets were frequently adorned with badges and mottoes. Though this group and style was clearly marked out during the 1960s by the opposition - accomplished partly through the media - to the 'mods', the culture still exists today. The style represents one basic form of working-class culture as it is lived by the young, and contains - often in highly explicit forms - central continuing working-class themes and values.