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Mods: The New Religion
Mods: The New Religion
by Paul Anderson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.97

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RESPECT!, 7 May 2014
This review is from: Mods: The New Religion (Hardcover)
I haven't yet completely read Paul's magnificent take on the Mod phenomenon - though I have sneakily delved and browsed regularly enough to have a constructive opinion (at least visually and on presentation and also with regards to the pieces I have read)... and I have to say, as a fellow writer who also has an addition to the genre due out later this year - this book is an amazing measure of achievement and a yardstick by which all of us writers need to try to aspire to. I am bowled over by the quality of presentation and depth of subject material and equally impressed with the near-endless input of notable Faces and key participants on the scene - from club to ballroom to stage and studio - and can see no relative negative angle whatsoever to take. If I had to be pushed into being critical at all, I would reluctantly have to say I found so many high quality original 45's a distraction to the words - and that's because as a fellow collector I never got around to owning some of them! But seriously, this book obviously shines as a monumental and important document and is a real inspiration to anyone who shares an interest in this compelling part of our cultural history. I take my metophorical hat off to Paul and send my greatest of respects to all of those originals and faithfuls who helped create such a worthy scene to require chronicalling, a superb job done by writer and participants alike.


Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography
Going to Sea in a Sieve: The Autobiography
by Danny Baker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Baker's dozen in a nutshell, 16 July 2013
I was unsure if I would engage and enjoy this book, maybe finding some relative interest with Danny's Sniffin' Glue period: but quite the opposite. I enjoyed his early years the most and in all honesty couldn't put it down. It is earthy, self-depreciating and packed with humour and a celabratory theme of exactly how it was to grow up in the pre-digital age... well almost pre-stereo age to be more appropriate!Its the first in a 2-volume set and I eagerly await the follow-up, though can't imagine it beating this journal of Baker's pre-fame times gone by.


Pranks [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Pranks [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Laurie Lapinski
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: 6.32

1.0 out of 5 stars not a genuine version, 13 Feb 2013
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Avoid this bootleg copy of an original 80's slasher. Its not the real deal. Public Domain, maybe, unwatchable... almost! Quite possibly a real prank!


Tall Man [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tall Man [DVD] [2012] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Stephen McHattie
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 7.26

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average thrills within a promising premise, 13 Feb 2013
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Not what you think its going to be... I really wanted to truly enjoy this film, but ultimately felt let down by its bland pacing and weak script. Looks well, acting above average... this could have been so much more.


American Nightmare [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
American Nightmare [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Debbie Rochon
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: 10.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A waste of time, 13 Feb 2013
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Foolishly impresssed by the commendable trailer for this run-of the-mill so-called slasher, I quickly realised, upon viewing, that I had wasted my cash! Filmed in a similar vein to some long-forgotten TV movie, with poor acting, slow script and little in the way of suspense, this is well worth avoiding... unless you are easily pleased, that is. I couldn't wait for it to end and get shut of!!


Tales From the Crypt & Vault of Horror [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Tales From the Crypt & Vault of Horror [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Joan Collins

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bargain double bill, 13 Feb 2013
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A typically 'Midnite Movies' value for money double film DVD, let down by the fact that 'Vault of Horror' is cut (and the even more frustrating prospect is that the UNCUT DVD is of poor quality and ratio!). Some scenes are trimmed for gore and blood, though its not obvious and bad enough to spoil the horror fun! Still, this is worth the purchase for the UNCUT 'Tales From the Crypt' and to hold on to a decent transfer of Vault of Horror until a new complete version eventually arrives.

As for the films, both are immensly enjoyable in a retro, late-night Horror nostagia fest kind of a way, 'Tales from the Crypt' being the better of the pair. With a plethora of big film names spread across the two films and plenty of old-style scares and suspense, if you are a fan of Amicus, Tigon, Hammer etc... you would be a fool to be without thesse two treats in your DVD collection.
Three stars for the above mentioned failings
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Friday on My Mind: Scooter Boy - Mod Soul Boy - Pill Head Pt. 1
Friday on My Mind: Scooter Boy - Mod Soul Boy - Pill Head Pt. 1
by Don Hughes
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Mod life away from Carnaby Street, 14 April 2012
I bought this as soon as I heard about it back in the summer of 2009 and took it along with me to the coast to endulge in: I wasn't dissapointed one bit. There are not that many books I can read within the space of a few days, especially large tombs like this one, but as soon as I got this book in my hands, starting with an hefty introductory reading session on the beach, I was hooked.

The Post-War years of Don Hughe's childhood and growing up period, I found really interesting... his storytelling is exceptional - and includes plenty of earthy and honest full of warmth humour - and draws you quickly capturing your imagination and inquisitiveness in one compelling sweep. These formative pages take up quite some space, but its never a dull ride and truly evokes what it must have been like to be coming of age just prior to the greatest cultural revolution ever! the Mod-enthused so-called swinging sixties!

As our writer becomes engrossed in the early sounds of Mod R&B and the subsequent merging into a new style of Gospel meets Blues- Soul, we can almost taste the same excitement as though we are back there with him, listening to his much-loved Dee Dee Sharpe and the rest of the early Cameo Parkway stable. We follow Don's natural progression into a fully-fledged Mod, complete with his own self doubts on where this will lead him, and further into the early Mod period and many tales of musical and teenage self discovery. From here on in, its absolutely unputdownable!!! one of those books that you really just don't want to end. The whole mid sixties Mod era explodes across the remaining chapters, and for a refreshing and very welcome change, its now being told not by a musician, rock promoter or self-reverential journo... but by Don Hughes; a child of the fifties... a working class kid with a deep love of music and all things Mod... an honest and uncompromisingly truthful voice telling the story exactly as it was for himself and many other kids all over the country, not only in London but in other cities as the Mod code spread further afield to future Mod strongholds such as Manchester and Sheffield.

'Friday on my Mind' is a true writing triumpth and quite likely the way forward for Rock memoirs. It swiftly sold out on its first run and is now due for a second print. The story continues in 'Pushin' and Shovin' which is yet another compelling read... and (for a change) tells the story from out of the inner circle of trend setters... but a more honest and refreshing tale of what it was like for a lad from the suburbs...job well done!


Kid on a Red Chopper Bike: A Ride Through the 1970's
Kid on a Red Chopper Bike: A Ride Through the 1970's
by Tony Beesley
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisit the 1970's, 1 Jun 2011
THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE TO BUY BRAND NEW NOW FROM THE SELLER ON AMAZON!!!

Be prepared to be cast right back to the 1970s with the latest volume penned by author Tony Beesley.Veering for the first time away from the music scene that had immeasurable impact on his life, Beesley charts life through a child's eye view from the home he shared with his family.

He hurls himself back to the kid he was, recalling life through searingly honest, funny and colourful episodes.Family spats, holidays, school days, good times and bad times spill from the pages with common threads, to strike familiar chords in anyone who was around at the time.You'll relive the 70s but will also relive your childhood - I would challenge you not to...

Victor, Beano, Lego and beloved toy soldiers...General Custer's last stand was one of hundreds of back yard battles!Dinky cars, toy swaps, and women's washing and baking rivalries.And pure joy as Beesley asks: "Does life get any better than a red Chopper bike for Christmas?"

Being slippered at school, terrified by biker gangs of `greasers', watching Alias Smith and Jones, The Tomorrow People (that nobody ever understood), and rumours that led Rawmarsh lads to don two pairs of Y-fronts for several weeks!

Other things mentioned include going to Millmoor for the first time, power cuts, pubs, bingo, and plastic rifles...playing knock-a-door, climbing trees, snowballing and cowering from a `bat' at the top of the stairs - to find it was the shadow of a piece of guttering!

Watergate, the Vietnam War, the Bay City Rollers and Jaws - the film.

Kid on a Red Chopper Bike is a great romp through a decade... Sally Burton
(South Yorkshire Times)

In a humorous and nostalgic evoking style 'Kid on a Red Chopper Bike' captures in memoir form the 1970's as seen from the world of a young kid's years of coming of age. Told alongside chronological news, happenings and the in-things of the day, the story travels from the late 1960's and all the way through the writer's schooldays, taking in long-hot-summer days of an age gone by when fun and mischievousness were the order of the day an era of long hair, flairs and saucy postcard seaside trips careering into Punk Rock's year Zero almost at the end of the decade. Kid on a Red Chopper Bike is guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and relate to a world never to be experienced again!

Re-live the care-free innocent days of the 1970's - the decade that taste supposedly forgot! Refreshingly honest, often shamelessly nostalgic; take a trip back to days of power cuts, flares and Glam Rock as seen through the eyes of a mischievous young kid on a Red Chopper bike. Ride through long hot summer days of laughter and wide-eyed wonder and put on those bell-bottomed Denims to join the kid on his journey from school to Punk rebellion!
Bringing back to life days of a non-PC world and a different time where fear knew little place, Kid on a Red Chopper bike tells a tale of youthful discovery, excitement, obsession and ultimately tragedy and loss!

Weerz Me Dad?

Weerz Me Mam?


Friday on My Mind: Scooter Boy - Mod Soul Boy - Pill Head Pt. 1
Friday on My Mind: Scooter Boy - Mod Soul Boy - Pill Head Pt. 1
by Don Hughes
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mods journey!, 27 Oct 2010
I bought this as soon as I heard about it back in the summer and took it along with me to the coast to endulge in: I wasn't dissapointed one bit. There are not that many books I can read within the space of a few days, especially large tombs like this one, but as soon as I got this book in my hands, starting with an hefty introductory reading session on the beach, I was hooked.

The Post-War years of Don Hughe's childhood and growing up period, I found really interesting... his storytelling is exceptional - and includes plenty of earthy and honest full of warmth humour - and draws you quickly capturing your imagination and inquisitiveness in one compelling sweep. These formative pages take up quite some space, but its never a dull ride and truly evokes what it must have been like to be coming of age just prior to the greatest cultural revolution ever! the Mod-enthused so-called swinging sixties!

As our writer becomes engrossed in the early sounds of Mod R&B and the subsequent merging into a new style of Gospel meets Blues- Soul, we can almost taste the same excitement as though we are back there with him, listening to his much-loved Dee Dee Sharpe and the rest of the early Cameo Parkway stable. We follow Don's natural progression into a fully-fledged Mod, complete with his own self doubts on where this will lead him, and further into the early Mod period and many tales of musical and teenage self discovery. From here on in, its absolutely unputdownable!!! one of those books that you really just don't want to end. The whole mid sixties Mod era explodes across the remaining chapters, and for a refreshing and very welcome change, its now being told not by a musician, rock promoter or self-reverential journo... but by Don Hughes; a child of the fifties... a working class kid with a deep love of music and all things Mod... an honest and uncompromisingly truthful voice telling the story exactly as it was for himself and many other kids all over the country, not only in London but in other cities as the Mod code spread further afield to future Mod strongholds such as Manchester and Sheffield.

'Friday on my Mind' is a true writing triumpth and quite likely the way forward for Rock memoirs. It swiftly sold out on its first run and is now due for a second print. I also hear that the story is going to continue in a further volume of Don's experiences after the cut off period of 1968 in this work. Judging on this volume, we are in for another welcome treat.... job well done!

This is Our Generation Calling: Punk and Mod in and Around Sheffield - The Conclusion will also be enjoyed by those who like their music bios told by those who were there, be it Punk Rock or Mod.


I'm Not Like Everybody Else: Volume 2: The 1990s British Mod Scene (Mod Chronicles)
I'm Not Like Everybody Else: Volume 2: The 1990s British Mod Scene (Mod Chronicles)
by Enamel Verguren
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mod compendium of memorabilia and memories, 13 Oct 2010
The follow up to 'This is a Modern life' 'I'm not like everybody else'is an amazing volume of Mod perephinilia (I may have spelt that wrong?) composing of snapshots in time from the late 80's and through the 90's: the book captures in their own words the scene as it was for each indivdidual speaking... never over-indulgent and always interesting, the accounts manage to capture many of the multi-layered facets of our most interesting and influential youth culture.

Though, the words and experiences of each person contributing manage to hold the attention throughout the read, it is the exceptional collection of Mod memorabilia and photos that truly make this book what it is...each page is packed with flyers, tickets, posters, badges, record sleeves, newspaper front pages and the always attractive visuals of the Mods themselves captured in photographic form.

Bands, clubs, scenes and opinions fly by supported by a cast of 1,000's of superbly framed images that do the latter years of our Mod history very proud. Pieced together and created with an obvious great passion for the subject, this is a absolute essential addition to a Mod's book shelf. Don't even hesitate to buy!!!

If you like this also try This is Our Generation Calling: Punk and Mod in and Around Sheffield - The Conclusion that includes many exclusive accounts and photos from the 79 and 80's Mod scene along with previously unpublished photos of The Jam, Secret Affair, Specials and Paul Weller etc!


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