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West Bridgford, Nottingham

About Me:

I grew up in Clifton, Nottingham and grew up through the 1970s revival scene, starting off as a wannabe Mod at the Corpus Christi Mod nights. As I got into my teens I became a Nottingham city centre Mod back in the early 1980s, part of the T-Birds scooter club and the King John, Broadmarsh, Hearty Goodfellow & The Slipper set. It was a phenomenal time with many great nights, dances and escapades As I started earning I organised monthly trips down to London to get the latest clothes of the time from Carnaby Street outlets (The Face, Merc, Sherrys, Shellys Shoes etc). I then focused on the Northern Soul scene through the 1990s and as career, illness and family took up my time spent my spare time collecting and writing about music. I contributed to a number of soul CDs and was part of the Keeping The Faith on-line northern soul forum. Although I've been away from the Mod scene, I've always stayed true to Modernist style and thinking. Over the years I have often bumped into friends from years ago at soul events and around the city. As my kids grow up I have more spare time now so have been collecting clothes and starting to get more out and about again. I work all over and outside the area but live locally still in West Bridgford, not far from Test Match (Parkas), Boat Club etc. I'm into clothes with an inclusive approach to Mod labels so long as they have the look and cut, building on the core labels with selected pieces from such as Henri Lloyd, Penguin, Dunlup vintage, Madcap, Cloak & Dagger, Firetrap (shoes), latest Pierre Cardin and many more so I can often be found in vintage clothes markets, browsing online or searching through TK Maxx. I'm at the soul, jazz and blues end of Modernism, adopting the Ivy League and Italian informal looks that do not appear too obviously Mod. Now I'm 42 (how did that happen?), I'm trying to look smart for those in the know without trying too hard, especially as I'm in business and bumping into colleagues and clients around the country. Musically too my personal definition of Mod expanded beyond to include Philly Soul, deep soul, funk, jump blues, funky R&B, big city soul, beat ballads, the modern end of Northern Soul, Mod Jazz, some soulful disco and all kinds of hybrid variants. I've built and sold two vinyl collections and now concentrate on building an extensive Modernist oriented music library drawn from CD (bought and personal ones exchanged off vinyl). Regards to all the Mods in Nottingham and Midlands who might know me. I look forward to getting to know more of you. Many thanks Mark.

Top 5 tunes at the moment:

Changing all the time. Always listening to latest Kent, Outta Sight, Hip-o-Select, Soul Brother etc releases. Somre recent releases I'm enjoying: - The Presidents - 5-10-15-20-25-30 Years of Love - George Soule - Let Me Be A Man - Patrice Holloway - Love & Desire Anthology - Charlie Rich - The Fame Sessions - Various - Shattered Dreams, Funky Blues 1967-1978 - Willie Hutch - the three recent re-releases on Soul Brother - Outta Sight - Northern Soul of Vee Jay & all others - Marv Johnson - I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose

Vespa, Lambretta or other?

Like all Modernist adopted scooters and cars.

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  • Mark you have an interesting background. I would not fancy some of the scrapes, but that goes with the territory!!  Character forming you say !!- btw it strkies me we live in a more peaceful time, possibly because there are no real youth cults anymore?

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