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Encyclopedia > Suedehead (subculture)

Suedehead was an early-1970s offshoot of the skinhead subculture in the United Kingdom. Skinheads, named after their shaven heads, are members of a working class subculture that originated in Britain in the 1960s, where they were heavily influenced by the rude boys of the West Indies and the mods of the UK. In subsequent decades, the skinhead subculture spread to other parts of... As understood in sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with a distinct set of behavior and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture of which they are a part. ...

Although sharing many similarities to 1960s skinheads, suedeheads grew their hair longer and dressed in a more formal manner. Suedeheads generally wore brogues or loafers instead of the heavy boots associated with skinheads. Suedeheads started wearing suits and other dressy outfits as everyday wear, instead of just at dancehalls at night. Although working class, they could have been in white collar jobs. Another unique characteristic was the wearing of coloured socks — such as solid red or blue — instead of plain black or white. Brogues are shoes that are made of heavy and untanned leather, heretofore worn in Scotland and Ireland. ... Loafers or penny loafers are low, leather step-in shoes whose tops resemble a moccasin, but have broad flat heels. ... Suits from the 1937 Chicago Woolen Mills catalog At the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 heads of state wore morning dress or lounge suits for more informal meetings but frock coats for formal daytime meetings A suit, with varieties such as a business suit, three-piece suit... White-collar workers perform tasks which are less physically laborious yet often more highly paid than blue-collar workers, who do manual work. ...

Musically, they shared the skinheads' interest in reggae, soul music and ska, but the sound had evolved to become slower and more soulful. Some suedeheads also listened to British glam rock bands. The female equivalent of a suedehead was a sort. Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Ska is a type of Jamaican music combining elements of traditional mento and calypso with an American jazz and rhythm and blues sound. ... Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), was a style of rock and roll music popularised in the early 1970s. ...


  • de Konigh, Michael (2004). Suedehead Reggae Box Set liner notes. London: Trojan Records. TJETD003.



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