- 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)
Mods: The New Religion Hardcover – 14 Apr 2014
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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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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...!
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read a must for any one with an interest in the origins of the best sub culture this country has ever produced.Published 4 days ago by Robert Lee
Perfect.....all the fine details on the original 60s scene.Published 11 days ago by Anthony R. Irons
The best Mod book out there by a long way. Great clothes, scooters, music and pictures. I can't put mine down!Published 1 month ago by L A Vaughan
This book defines Mod in all its aspects : clothes, style, music, scooters, clubs, boys , girls, sex, drugs, black, white, parkas! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. James E. Lush
this is a must read for anyone who was in the Mod scene in the 60s or if you need to know what life was like in those pioneering daysPublished 1 month ago by Mr. P. Luderman
very interesting, especially if you are into live music and the sixties. it was interesting reading about the famous club in my town which I remember well.Published 3 months ago by cora magee
Excellent book, great graphics and pictures, a read for every 60's and would be Mods!Published 4 months ago by Soulman53