Entering the 1960’s it became clearer what we would be up against, but less so how to deal with it? “Come gather round people wherever you roam.” Bob Dylan wrote ‘the times they are a changing.’ Sir Harold Wilson, the British Prime Minister, had earlier heralded in a new era for the dying British Empire, using that same theme in his ‘winds of change’ speech. In the opening months of 1960, he had made an historic visit to the apartheid state of South Africa. He served notice that Britain was about to grant independence to more countries, and warned against apartheid regimes. This was a concept just waiting to be pounced upon by a new generation starved for change.
1960 was also the year that John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison played under the name of Johnny and the Moon Dogs. John was studying in the Liverpool School of Art and was hanging out with trendy students. I was a pre-teen runaway late that year and the result of a police manhunt. Part of this ‘misadventure’ included staying the night in an art students’ pad in Liverpool. My world of southern English adolescence was merging with the hidden beginnings of a new movement.