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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780711968134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711968134
  • ASIN: 0711968136
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 1.6 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A lavish labour of love that details the rise, fall, rise and final levelling out of the British movement in words and stunning pictures.' RECORD COLLECTOR 'Strong on illustrations and first hand anecdotes from assorted '60s faces - a good chapter on scooters.' MOJO

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Terry Rawling's is a writer and graphic designer who has written biographies on The Small Faces, Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 April 2002
Format: Paperback
Wow! What a book! I only bought it 3 days ago, and I've read it twice already! Being a Mod for me was a way of life and a fashion. I was lucky enough to be part of the 80's Mod Revival, and reading the book brought it all back. I agree with Roman's views about the music though. But, what Roman didn't pick up from the book, is the fact that any comment on any part of the Mod movement is subjective. So, keeping that in mind, I give the book 5 out of 5.
Off to buy a Vespa (again!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By zips78 on 30 Sept. 2009
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I pre-ordered this book on first publication, read it straight through and have read it twice since. So, as much as I could possibly find fault with some angles, omissions, pro -southern attitude etc, the proof is in the above statement: it's a damned good read.
I have long since given up on the hope that anyone can faithfully capture the Mod phenomenon in 100% accuracy and down to the last detail both within the literature world and more noticably onscreen (Quadrophenia is a great film, it entertains, it thrills it's a bloody good attempt - but no self respecting Mod inclined fella or lass would ever consider it the real deal as far as Mod is concerned - but it's there for all to enjoy)...digressing slightly there, but I feel that these points should be taken into consideration when addressing anything Mod inclined. A previous reviewer (or three!) states very correctly that Mod means so much to many different people. This coffeee table designated tomb carries within it's pages a good proportion of what Mod has meant over the last 50 years or more to a varied set of Modernist generations. On that note it succeeds and it certainly has kept me hooked for three enjoyable reads.
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the accounts and experiences, along with many exclusive previously unpublished photos of The Jam, Paul Weller, Steve Marriot, Secret Affair, Specials and 80's Mod Rallies is chronicled in This is Our Generation Calling: Punk and Mod in and Around Sheffield - The Conclusion

Our Generation: The Punk and Mod Children of Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Finger-poppin' Daddy on 24 Jan. 2007
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An interesting book and worth owning - until you get to 1979! I suspect Terry Rawlings doesn't like or know anything about black music since the whole last section of the book is a concerted attempt to downplay the vital importance of soul/r'n'b events to the mod lifestlye. Yes, bands like the Chords were a big deal for about 10 seconds but then (thank god) anyone with an ounce of taste and sense discovered that 60s soul and r'n'b was really where it was at - and you didn't have to be an elitist to get into it contrary to what some think. The guy should have interviewed someone like Randy Cozens for a proper view of things. And, Terry, mods actually did exist in large numbers outside London!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hooper-Keeley on 29 Mar. 2013
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Terry Rawlings' 'Mod - A Very British Phenomenon' is one of only a handful of excellent books on the Mod subculture.

This book is beautifully illustrated and contains much new material via interviews with original participants of the scene from the late 50s onwards. Richard Barnes provides an excellent introduction to the book before Terry takes us through the beginnings of Modern Jazz in the UK and the uptake in the new Rhythm & Blus scene in terms of music and clubs along with the all important details of how a small number of stylish individuals gave birth to a whole scene (and its said development). There are focuses on the bands the scene spawned as well as the scooters and clubs and this all makes for very interesting reading and brings new knowledge of the scene to us. This is clearly written by someone who is not only part of the scene himself but has a real passion for, what to many of us, is a way of life.

Although 75% of the book is quite rightly dedicated to the original scene, Terry also devotes the final quarter of his book to the revival period (Quadrophenia,The Jam, The Chords, Purple Hearts, Secret Affair, Nine Below Zero, Eddie Piller, Modzines etc) and beyond (Makin Time, The Prisoners, James Taylor Quartet, Countdown Records) which is a refreshing change for those of us that were there (and normally get overlooked by the many ill-informed commentators writing about our scene).

Highly recommended and well worth reading.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pivot Hearts on 13 Feb. 2008
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This is the ideal follow up to Richard Barnes' Mods and is a well written record of the Mod movement. Forget the views of the elitists who make comments about the "appalling 1979 revival" - if it wasn't for that revival and the bands that led it there would have been no Mod scene in the 80's or 90's - something that those who are quick to condemn are quick to overlook
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennie Tomlinson on 10 Jun. 2009
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I bought this book as a gift for a friend celebrating his 60th birthday, who was a Mod in the 60's and a great Lambretta fan. Before wrapping my gift I decided to have a quick glimpse of the contents, I could not put it down and read from cover, not only did it talk about the mods, but it covered muscians who had a impact on the mod culture in the 60's, Venues, pictures and photos of that time. I was involved in this exciting time and had good memories, and this brilliant book bought them all back. I was not a scooter owner, but I made many trips from London to locations such as Margate. Southend, Brighton on the back of my boyfriends scooter. My greatest memory was Dreamland Ballroom in Margate where I saw one of the first live performances of the Who. Fantastic book.
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