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Mod: Clean Living Under Very Difficult Circumstances - A Very British Phenomenon [Paperback]

Terry Rawlings , Richard Barnes
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1 Dec 2000
Terry Rawling's book perfectly captures the look and soul of Mod. Tracing its roots back to London's Soho of the Forties, he unearths every impulse and expression of the only surviving British youth movemebt that can be looked back on 'without embarrassment'. Includes exclusive interviews and audiences with some of the Mod scene's main movers past and present, including Richard Barnes, Johnny Moke, Graham Hughes, Peter Stringfellow, Kenney Jones, Bobby Gillespie and 'Mani' Mounfield, Eddie Piller and Gary Crowley. With chapters on the origins of Mod, its music, scooters, clothes and fashions, the beach riots and for the first time, the story of the Mod revivals of the late Seventies and beyond. Features hundreds of pictures, many gleaned from private collections and never published before.

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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: 31.1 x 24.7 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,995 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Being Mod was and is different for everybody! 24 April 2002
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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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One view of mod only I'm afraid 24 Jan 2007
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book on the Mod movement 13 Feb 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mod reading under Mod scrutiny 30 Sep 2009
By zips78
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.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Jun 2009
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on 28 Jun 2004
Most Mods & ex Mods can appreciate that everyone had a different take on mod and had preferences with music, fashion, scooters etc, especially as they got older and wiser(?).
An honest book which illustrated how and why many people did get involved, particularly in regards to the Revival. Not everyone (post '79) was an R'n'B stylist or elitist. Good to hear from people who were integral in the revival who don't usually get a look in because they're ignored. Well, maybe these people WERE the PIONEERS of the 80's it or not, at least it weren't overlooked.
Actually loved the photo's of the average mod, parka and all...'cos that's what most Mods were, particularly in the early days and to pretend everyone was into jazz, obscure R'n'B, coffee shops and hand made shoes wouldn't be accurate.
Was the "Mashed Potato" (or the like) really something the average (70's/ early 80's) Mod would do? That's correct, no.
That's why this book gets away from the usual delusions and shows it warts, and quite often poor dress sense, and all. Aggressive guitar music and pub rock were a big part of the early 80's to alot of Mods...and this book unashamedly acknowledges these FACTS. Also, many 60's artists that aren't usually spoken of at length were given coverage. Good to get an outsiders (like promoters, Club Owners and record company's) perspective as well.
I can confidently say that The Purple Hearts & The Chords had more in common with your average youngster getting into the scene in the late 70's / early 80's than any rare soul tune.
Could have mentioned a few of the other bands, but other than that, can't knock it.
How can the American Reviewer slag something that they weren't part of? How would a San Francisco reader know what was happening in London late 70's ?!?!?!?
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Published 1 month ago by christopher paul ward
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Published 2 months ago by Alan Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for an aging Mod
Bought for my Dad and sparked a feast of reminising. He is very happy with it and now plans to my another scooter and lots of chrome.
Published 2 months ago by Simon Nottage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pics and read , five stars
Brought this for my partner who was a mod in 70 s 80 s , he thought fab book and brought back a lot of memories, he said would recommend to any mod now in their over fourties
Published 5 months ago by amber
5.0 out of 5 stars MOD Clean Living under very difficult circumstances
This has been bought as a tree present for my husband. But it was requested. I bought the used copy as this was much cheaper than the new one
Published 10 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Birthday present for a relative
I bought this as a birthday present for my father and he was very pleased with it. As for the service, it was delivered well within the promised time-frame and as a new purchase... Read more
Published 17 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Mod
Terry Rawlings' 'Mod - A Very British Phenomenon' is one of only a handful of excellent books on the Mod subculture. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Hooper-Keeley
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for all mods scooter boys etc
Really enjoyed this book contains some great photo's from the 60's and mod revival of the 70's good articles on all aspects of modism.
Published 22 months ago by Browner57
5.0 out of 5 stars 60s nostalgia
A wonderful read for those who, like myself, were part of the 60s mod phenomenon.
Admittedly I was more of an enthusiastic onlooker than fully paid-up participant , but this... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Mod: A very british phenomenon
Received really fast. Makes a superb read for old and new "mods". Brilliant photographs and text. Would highly recommend to all!!!
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by Mrs. C. A. Bowers
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