John Waters has added a very interesting and socially significant article to the site on the subject of Black Mods
"The one place that did cater for this burgeoning black population was the Flamingo in Wardour St. The Flamingo had started out as an upmarket jazz niterie and had gradually changed its clientele becoming a magnet for black GI’s and West Indians alike. The club eventually became ‘off limits’ to US servicemen but by the early sixties the club was known as a ‘black club’. The club’s unique mix of R&B, Soul, Ska and Jazz coupled with the best in visiting live acts from the USA and West Indies was a magnet for black clubgoers. There were other clubs in the West End of course but the Flamingo was the place for black teenagers to be seen. The young black clubgoers always ‘dressed up’. Mohair suits were very much the order of the day. They often sported a ‘blue beat hat’ (trilby with a narrow brim) and the hat became almost synonymous with the club. The Mod movement had really moved into full gear by 1963 and the commercial world had moved in. ‘Ready Steady Go’ came onto our TV sets and the pirate radio stations were in full swing but the target of all the commercial enterprises was the young ‘white’ teenage population. "
You can find the whole article HERE.
I'm sure John would appreciate any feedback or discussion of the subject.