This guitar was used by Marty Wilde throughout 1958 and 1959 for both live shows and recordings including ‘Endless Sleep’. As rock ‘n’ roll took hold in Britain, musicians swapped their acoustic guitars for electric ones. American electric guitars were expensive so British musicians such as Wilde and Hank Marvin turned to cheaper Japanese imports. Antoria guitars were one such import made by Guyatone in Japan.
Fashion was an integral part of the rock ‘n’ roll culture. Teenagers did not want to dress like their parents and the end of rationing and increased disposable income allowed them to express themselves in a new, more stylish way. The ‘Teddy Boy’ look is the defining fashion of this period, characterised by long, drape jackets, crepe shoes and drain-pipe trousers. The style was heavily influenced by the elegance of Edwardian period dress, especially in the velvet-trimmed collars.
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