Love & Malice

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Sex, love and romance in the 1960s

A doco-drama for radio

Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR, Love & Malice explores 1960s attitudes to sex, love, and romance through the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan.

Rebellion was in the air. The world, the Beatles, the Stones, and Dylan were already well acquainted with 50s rockers like Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and of course Chuck Berry. Now there was something they could all identify with. That really was cocking a snook at the older generation. Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news? Outrageous!

Of course the Beatles didn’t start out as cute and cuddly moptops. Before they were catapulted onto the world stage in 1963, they were Teddy Boys. Teds had their roots in the rough streets of London in the early 50s. It spread all across the UK and became synonymous with rebellion. The Teds morphed into the Rockers as the 50s progressed. Rock and roll was the soundtrack.

Then there were the Mods. The Stones coincided with that – cardigans, stovepipes, and vespas. There were quite a few clashes between Mods and Rockers in the early ‘60s. Even riots. The tensions were all about style. And class. Rockers considered Mods effeminate because of their interest in fashion. And yet it was the Teddy Boys who paved the way. Before that, it was really only toffs and dandies who were interested in fashion.


Guided by their spirit muse Anita Pallenberg, Ray Rose and James Benn travel back in time with a little help from Hugh Hefner, Marianne Faithfull, Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Billy Graham. Over ten beguiling episodes, you’ll enter a world of make believe … and find all its secrets revealed. So listen up, and listen in, to Love & Malice...


Produced by Blue Trumpet for Radio 2RRR
Engineered by Chris Virtue
Written and realized by James Benn
In conversation with Ray Rose
Voices in order of appearance…

  • Nadine Helmi
  • Ray Rose
  • James Benn
  • Phil Coventry
  • Will Scott
  • Chris Virtue