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This review is from: MOD: A Very British Style (Hardcover)
Like many people who came of age in the 80's I have an unhealthy interest in the 60s and pop culture. However I have never been able to fully support one Youth Movement over another, I love the Beatles AND the Stones; Mods AND Rockers; Coffee AND tea; Marvel AND DC.
Weight's MOD appealed because his Mod is such a broad church, for him the glam scene of the early 70s was Mod cos it was created by (ex)Mods Bolan; Bowie; Ferry and Eno. (I think there has to be distinction between the glam of Roxy and the glam of the Sweet). I could get with the obvious bastard children of Mod, Northern Soul, Skin'Ead, Two Tone and even Casual. But I had to disagree with Punk, Baggy and Rave, surely the (lack of) sartorial elegance for these scenes totally rulers them out. However Weight makes a jolly good argument.
I was sad to see him dispense with Modernists and Jazz by page 60 but was pleased to see Acid Jazz included. There was a little too much Britpop (and Britpop is TOO MUCH !) and nothing at all on the Roni Size double bass end of Drum n Bass and especially the Soundz of the Asian Underground and Cornershop who explicitly referenced Pop and Mod in their symbolism and design.
Weight also answered that perpetual and perplexing question about Mod culture, how can the same crowd that embraces futurism and modernism be into retro and Ocean Colour Scene? Weight dismissed this (the rivalists of the 80s and since) as not true Mod. Mod is classic and looking to future.
His history kind of ran out in 1999 and he missed out Mod comics (surely the most Pop art of all?) "The Originals" Dave Gibbons; Chynna Clugston "Blue Monday"
As someone who never loved Weller (but rates his record collection) or the Who, and finds more Mod in a Tribe Called Quest bassline this was the Mod book for me. If only more Hip Hop headz would were natty suits instead of sports teeshirts!
For photos and style I still rate "Mod: Clean Living Under Very Difficult Circumstances - A Very British Phenomenon" by Terry Rawlings but for words this IS the book.
How about a scrapbook sized paperback edition chock full of photos?