Paolo Hewitt's latest tribute to the multi-layered world of Modernism, will disappoint those looking for more pictures of children in fishtail Parka's fighting at the Seaside.
Soul Stylists is a celebration of working-class British street fashion and it's relation to a love of African-American and West Indian music. The connection is made between late '50's Soho Beatnik's, Mods, Skinheads, Suedeheads, Northern Soulers, Soulboy's and most recently the infamous Casual. Different names, different clothes, different records, but all united by a singular lifestyle perspective.
The absence of photographs may frustrate those who were never there. So too will Hewitt's less is more writing style. But for the rest of us, Soul Stylists will make the heart skip a beat and bring a smile to the face as we ponder the vivid descriptions of haircuts, clothes and rare funk 12inches.
A perfect companion piece to Hewitt's earlier The Sharper Word.