1966: when the swing turned sour

Fifty years ago, Britain was a pop culture powerhouse. But, says Alwyn W Turner, it was also a nation plagued by self-doubt and social unrest...

Men line the rails around Radio City, on an abandoned naval fort in the Thames Estuary. In June 1966, Radio City was at the centre of a murder enquiry that would lead to the closure of Britain’s pirate radio stations. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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