MOD: From Bebop to Britpop, Britain’s Biggest Youth Movement by Richard Weight

By Richard Weight

Welcome to the area of the sharp-suited ‘faces’. The Italianistas. The scooter-riding, all-night-dancing instigators of what grew to become, from its myriad resources, a really British phenomenon.

Mod started existence because the integral working-class move of a newly prosperous state – a uniquely British amalgam of yankee song and ecu models that combined glossy jazz with modernist layout in an try to break out the drab conformity, snobbery and prudery of lifestyles in Nineteen Fifties Britain. yet what began as a well-liked cult turned a mainstream tradition, and a method turned a revolution.

In Mod, Richard Weight tells the tale of Britain’s largest and such a lot influential early life cult. He charts the origins of Mod within the Soho jazz scene of the Nineteen Fifties, set to the cool sounds of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He explores Mod’s heyday in Swinging London within the mid-60s – to a brand new soundtrack courtesy of the Small Faces, the Who and the Kinks. he's taking us to the Mod–Rocker riots at Margate and Brighton, and into the realm of favor and layout ruled by way of Twiggy, Mary Quant and Terence Conran.

But Mod didn't result in the Nineteen Sixties. Richard Weight not just brings us as much as the cult’s revival within the overdue 70s – performed out opposed to its personal soundtrack of Quadrophenia and the Jam – yet unearths Mod to be the DNA of British early life tradition, leaving its mark on glam and northerly Soul, punk and Tone, Britpop and rave.

This is the tale of Britain’s greatest and brassiest adolescence circulation – and of its legacy. tune, movie, style, paintings, structure and layout – not anything was once untouched by way of the eclectic, frenetic, impossible to resist strength of Mod.

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