At the recent SXSW festival in Texas journalist Will Hodgkinson chaired a discussion called This Is Mod the highlight of which was this candid and revealing conversation with Who frontman Pete Townshend:
The Who’s second gig was a place called Boseley’s Ballroom in Chiswick, West London. John Entwistle and I were still at school and Roger Daltrey had just finished, so this must have been the summer of 1961, I would have been 16, and at Boseley’s there was already a mod thing bubbling under. It was the first time I ever danced. Prior to that, dancing at a club was jiving, which required a degree of coordination plus contact with a female, neither of which I had access to. I realised that, actually, that was where the mod movement began: boys being able to dance on their own. It was incredibly important.
Read the whole facinating interview on the Subbaculture site