Rock and Roll Enfield - a new community history project.

Sixty years ago next year, in December 1954, rock and roll hit the UK charts for the first time. with Bill Haley and the Comets', Shake, Rattle and Roll  Its successor Rock Around The Clock became one of the biggest selling single of the 1950s  – and the film Blackboard Jungle in which it was featured became notorious. This was the birth of a new youth subculture and the emergence of "teenagers" as a distinct species - accompanied by a "moral panic" amongst press and politicians.

A new community history project - run by Joe Studman of Jaywalks and Sue Beard of Palmers Green Jewel in the North, supported by the Southgate District Civic Trust will explore the local impact of this national phenomena.

The project will result in an exhibition, publication or website for the 60th anniversary next year focused on the arrival of rock and roll  in Palmers Green, Southgate Winchmore Hill and Enfield in those days.

If you have memories of the first days of rock and roll or have photographs or memorabilia from that era, get in contact via the project website:

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