Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest

From the austerity of the 1950s to the excess of the 1970s, discover the period through a wealth of printed and manuscript sources, visual material, ephemera and video clips.

Music, Politics, Fashion, Youth Culture – the period from 1950 to 1975 witnessed dramatic changes in society. There was the onset of Rock & Roll; the introduction of computers and credit cards; the boom of radio and television; and campaigns for black power, civil rights and women’s liberation. All around the world there were challenges to authority.

By focusing on substantial collections of original archival material from key libraries in Britain and America, this digital resource provides primary sources to enable students and scholars to examine these issues in detail.

The release of ‘Popular Culture in Britain and America’ is a landmark event in the study of post-war British and American popular culture...it constitutes the single most important collection on the ‘long sixties
Dr Marcus Collins, University of Loughborough

Key Data

Period Covered

  • 1950 - 1975


  • The renowned Social Protest Collection from University of California, Berkeley
  • Underground magazines including OZ, IT and Gandalf’s Garden; as well as an impressive collection of fanzines and alternative press titles from Bowling Green State University
  • Thousands of indexed photographs depicting the people and events of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
  • Video clips that bring the sights and sounds of the period to life
  • Student Activism across Europe and the US, including the disturbances in France in Mai‘68
  • The Vietnam conflict
  • The fight for civil rights
  • Women’s liberation
  • Fashion, youth culture and the music scene

Source Archives

  • Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
  • Browne Popular Culture Library, Bowling Green State University
  • Felix Dennis Archive
  • Labour Party Archive
  • Peter Whitehead Archive
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
  • The Rock Source Archive
  • The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Archive at Warwick University
  • The National Archives, UK
  • University of Sussex Library, Special Collections
  • University of Warwick, Modern Records Centre
  • Plus other supporting libraries and organisations

Material Types

  • Manuscripts and typescripts
  • Printed materials (newspapers, magazines, press kits, artist’s files)
  • Video clips of original footage
  • Visual images: photographs, advertisements, memorabilia
  • Ephemera: pamphlets, leaflets, posters, pins, artefacts
  • Fanzines, underground press, scripts
  • Government files

Editorial Board

  • Johnny Black, Freelance Journalist and Writer for Mojo, Q, and The Times
  • Norma Coates, University of Western Ontario
  • Marcus Collins, Loughborough University
  • Joseph Kruppa, University of Texas at Austin
  • Chad Martin, University of Indianapolis
  • Bill Schurk, Bowling Green State University


  • Art and Architecture
  • Civil Rights and Race Relations
  • Consumerism
  • Drug Culture
  • Ecology and t­he Environment
  • Fashion
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights
  • Literature and Drama
  • Mass Media
  • Music
  • The Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’
  • Pacifism
  • Politics
  • Religion, Morality and Censorship
  • Science and Technology
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • Sex and Sexuality
  • Student Activism
  • Vietnam
  • Women’s Rights
  • Youth Culture

Key Features

  • Original video footage
  • Extensive chronology with embedded articles and images
  • The complete run of Gandalf’s Garden magazine
  • Visual Gallery
  • Online Exhibitions
  • Essays, Dictionary and Music Features


Recommend the database enthusiastically to public, academic, and special libraries serving serious American and British cultural and historical researchers.

CONTENT Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest (RRCPP) collects international archival materials. The database offers original manuscripts and typescripts; photo graphs; letters; pamphlets; advertisements; clippings; censorship documentation; leaflets; government ......

Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers.

The content of this online collection of original archival material extends well beyond rock and roll, documenting youth culture, counterculture, and cultural change with pamphlets, letters, government files, fanzines, underground ......