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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (14 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780385498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780385495
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[This is] the book you need to know about the real Mod scene - and the nearest you can get to a Mod Bible.' --Steve Ellis 60s Mod & lead singer of The Love Affair

The best book ever written about Mods….the most authentic account yet of what it was all about…virtually every page throws up a revealing anecdote…a non-starry street level project, you can bet your high heeled sneakers that no-one could have written a better book about Mods than this --Classic Rock

About the Author

Paul 'Smiler' Anderson has been in love with the Mod way of life since 1979.Throughout the 80's to the present day he has been involved in organising many events, publishing fanzines and running club nights. Alongside Damian Jones he co-compiles and writes sleevenotes for the 'Rare Mod' series of compilations and EP's on Acid Jazz records. In 2011, he presented the biggest ever exhibition of 60's Mod related items. 'Reading Steady Go!' proved to be Reading museum's most successful exhibition to date.


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this is quite simply the best book available on this great british youth subculture. I would whole heartedly recommend this to anybody interested or studying subcultures, anybody who lived during this era and the mod revival or anybody with just a passing interest, it ticks every box. It is highly readable and hard to put down as those 'faces' that were there recount stories and events. But it doesn't stop there you have chapters on the clothes, the music, the clubs and the events up until and beyond the demise of this youth movement. There are several other volumes about mod from Richard Barnes, Graham Lentz, Paolo Hewitt, Terry Rawlings and Richard Weight all of which are worthy of your patronage but hindsight has set this one apart and it's the most complete, enthraling and colourful of all these volumes. My favourite bit are the playlists from the djs and members of the various mod clubs, armed with spotify or similar streaming software you can recreate the sounds of this era! It also includes flyers, adverts, newspaper and magazine cuttings from publications of the time. I could go on! Check it out for yourself!
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I am really enjoying this book. It is obvious from the outset that it has been painstakingly researched as the beautiful photos and attention to detail so amply show ; one can only then admire Paul Anderson's devotion to such an undertaking. I do nonetheless have some minor quibbles, which may say more about my eyesight than the layout, in that I do find some of the illustrations a trifle too small as to ascertain clearly what they depict ; a shame since the images are as important as the text and I really planned to peruse the pictures closely as well as following the narrative. I was also expecting an in depth examination of the modernist apparel rather than brief accounts of what was worn by whom. Nevertheless, the work will , I believe become the standard text book for anyone wishing to appraise the early Modernist movement in terms of it's influence, scope and last but not least durability.
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Well I've been following the snippets that Paul Anderson released via Facebook and I have to say the real thing is no disappointment.

Great pictures, stories and anecdotes that have been collated and organised in a way that makes it easy to read and absorb.

There has been a number of books on Mods and the movement since the 'bible' that was written by Richard Barnes, and despite some credible efforts none really came close, this book however deserves to stand alongside.

So for what its worth I think this is a fabulous book and well deserved of my hard earned.

Well done Paul Anderson...!
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Wonderful book. I was part of that awful late 70s early 80s alleged mod revival, we didn't have a clue. plus getting clothes anywhere near remotely like those in the 60s was virtually impossible. This book is full of peoples accounts, and great photos from the early mod years. the author has done a great job.
I've often thought I was born 2 decades too late.
this book is certainly up there with Richard Barnes mods from 79.
A must have for people who were there and people like me who wished they had been, and anyone with an interest in mods.
Great.
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A sharp, vivid, colourful book about the 1960s mod movement and a rare and successful attempt to add to what we know, rather than pick over the bones...

Unlike Richard Weight's recent (and somewhat underwhelming) "MOD: A Very British Style", the entire focus of "The New Religion" is the 1960s, with the merest nod to the short-lived post-1978 revival movement in the final chapter. Its success is in a series of 'street level' recollections from a colourful cast of original mods, male and female, augmented by a dazzling archive of previously unpublished personal photographs, club flyers, tickets, posters and album covers

Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the movement but the overall narrative is chronological, taking us from the east end of London in the late 1950s through the national mid-decade boom and on to end of the decade, charting the changing styles and pre-occupations of the participants from year to year. In words and pictures, this makes for an evocative national tour of 1960s mod Britain from the Birdcage in Portsmouth up through London and Birmingham to the Twisted Wheel in Manchester and across to the King Mojo in Sheffield. This is important because few, if any, books on the subject have been as geographically diverse

Amongst the dozens of people we meet along the way are Denzil (cover star of the Sunday Times 'Changing Faces' feature in 1964 and, at 18, already wondering if he is too old to be a mod!) leading a West End-bound tube train full of mods in a rendition of James Brown's "Night Train". There is 16 year old Mickey Tenner at the Scene Club in 1964, chatting with Guy Stevens in the DJ booth, dancing with Sandy Sarjeant and pictured posing outside Ham Yard in suede loafers and cycling shirt.
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Wonderful book. The level of detail is superb and the photographs - supplied by the people who were there at the time, are fantastic.
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