Having just noticed that the initiator of the latest "book" thread left the site taking the discussion with him, it's my turn again to revive it; being too important a topic to be dropped, imo.

Having finished "Get Carter" by Ted Lewis over the Holidays, I'll soon start with "Jack Carters Law", a prequel set in late 60s Soho.

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    • I always enjoy your comments Kai.  I would say that the early nature of modernist and mod, relied heavily on niche and exclusivety. The sourcing of rare records, underground basement dives, hand made clothes and spoken terminology. It's a recipe for any clique gathering. Not new, I agree, but the late fifties and early sixties were the inital decades that gave teenagers money and a measure of independance. Or that's how I remember it. Just as the competetive nature of the mod(ernist) era, drove the thing along, it instilled its own set of criteria. Not necessarily or exclusively working class, as is often said. High Numbers (pun intended)  of mods wore tonik mohair suits to work, myself included from 1962 when I started work around Soho, to 1966 at the tail end. Our junior messenger clerical positions, often belied the dress code.  It earned us both a grudging respect and path to social mobility among our supposedly better educated and frumpy senior workers. It was here during this period, I worked directly in the same office with Steve Marriotts original drummer for a long while!! (But I suppose anyone could say that). Not going to bother with class identity here, as I can't do sufficient justice to the Marx v Weber debates of that decade.
      I very much agree with  comments here about originals  that have left these type of forums. Perhaps they are not as obsessed with internet research, more interested in reminissing, enjoying , recalling (and maybe reliving), rather than the copy and paste tactics that the 'we weren't there, but we know more than you', posters sometimes employ. The problem is, that 50 plus years on, memories get blurred. I've been asked countless times about what clubs like The Scene were really like, but both the media and social researchers seemed to have sewn the thing up for me, making the  'feel' so different to the faces and nights that I knew. I ask myself what's the point, go and Google it! Seems like swimming against the tide. I have begun to doubt my own recollections as authentic. Imagine walking down Gerrard Street on the pavement and having to walk in the road, to get past crowds of mods from one end to the other! But who would believe it now and where's my evidence? Bottom line for the later generation is, take references and storylines from people you trust, then do it your own way. Its your way that counts.

    • From all your recollections that I read and enjoyed, I take it you're trustworthy, Sohomod, just like John t.o.M., haha! I miss Derek Gardner,t hough, hope he's alright.

      My Point of view is that Mod picked up many new influences throughout the decades, and that's just the way it should be. And- like you said- do it your own way; it's meant to be fun, after all, not science ( it...? ;-) )

  • Any adventurers out there? This is one hell of a true adventure story that inspires. It's about, endeavour, sheer guts and the will to survive.


  • The second in a series by author Richard Houghton, I Was There provides a fan's-eye account of the English rock band The Who. With over 400 fans, friends and colleagues accounts of their memories of seeing, working with and knowing members of one of the greatest live acts ever, this book contains fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before. From their early years as The High Numbers, playing venues in and around London to the full blown tours with the classic Who line-up of Daltrey, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon promoting their landmark albums such as Tommy, Quadrophenia, Live At Leeds, Who’s Next and beyond.

    The Who-I was there= Out Now for £12.99.

    Anyone getting this? I may have to get a copy useen photos(Heard there are some nice ones of Scooters) Fans and Support Bands unheard stories.

    • I've got it and posted it a while back. It's good, well worth a read.
    • Thanks Snow Runner, I had to order a copy, thought it has just been released, I have ordered by Amazon it is due to arrive end of the Month???

    • Got it Now, great looking up Gig Venues The Who Played, Mod Stories of seeing them.

  • A fantastic Graphic Novel set at the Cote Azur in 1967. Published here last Autumn, I'm not sure if it's available in English.

    • That's no problem Kai, everyone in Britain is well known for being able to understand a multiple of languages ha ha
  • A nice gift for fathers day?

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