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    DescriptionWelcome to the world of the sharp-suited 'faces'. The Italianistas. The scooter-riding, all-night-dancing instigators of what became, from its myriad sources, a very British phenomenon. Mod began life as the quintessential working-class movement of a newly affluent nation - a uniquely British amalgam of American music and European fashions that mixed modern jazz with modernist design in an attempt to escape the drab conformity, snobbery and prudery of life in 1950s Britain. But what started as a popular cult became a mainstream culture, and a style became a revolution. In "Mod", Richard Weight tells the story of Britain's biggest and most influential youth cult. He charts the origins of Mod in the Soho jazz scene of the 1950s, set to the cool sounds of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He explores Mod's heyday in Swinging London in the mid-60s - to a new soundtrack courtesy of the Small Faces, the Who and the Kinks. He takes us to the Mod-Rocker riots at Margate and Brighton, and into the world of fashion and design dominated by Twiggy, Mary Quant and Terence Conran. But Mod did not end in the 1960s. Richard Weight not only brings us up to the cult's revival in the late 70s - played out against its own soundtrack of Quadrophenia and the Jam - but reveals Mod to be the DNA of British youth culture, leaving its mark on glam and Northern Soul, punk and Two Tone, Britpop and rave. This is the story of Britain's biggest and brassiest youth movement - and of its legacy. Music, film, fashion, art, architecture and design - nothing was untouched by the eclectic, frenetic, irresistible energy of "Mod".


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    Title
    Mod
    Subtitle
    A Very British Style
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Weight
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 45 mm
    Weight: 902 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780224073912
    ISBN 10: 0224073915
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: JFSP2, JFCA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    BIC subject category V2: JH, AKTH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC026000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC002010
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 305.2350941
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBCC1, JBSP2
    Illustrations note
    16
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    The Bodley Head Ltd
    Publication date
    23 April 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Richard Weight is the author of Patriots: National Identity in Britain 1940-2000 and co-authored Modern British History: The Essential A-Z Guide. He studied history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and went on to do a PhD at University College, London. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Boston and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Richard also makes documentaries for radio and television on many aspects of British life.
    Review quote
    "The book to get Sir Bradley Wiggins for his birthday" Esquire "This [is a] highly entertaining and discursive mixture of social history and cultural theory... As an analysis of Britain's youth tribes of the past 50 years...Mod: A Very British Style is definitive" -- Mick Brown Daily Telegraph "Richard Weight's splendid new book... The writing is witty...the judgments are pinpoint accurate... The research is formidable in its scope and detail" -- Alwyn W Turner New Statesman "Well-written throughout, crackles with reflection on fashion, music and film" -- Ian Thompson Observer "This is a must-read for Weller wannabes" Evening Standard ES
    Review text
    He has done his job well. As we age, we need to be reminded that our youth was special and that nostalgia was good for the soul
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    Welcome to the world of the sharp-suited ‘faces’. The Italianistas. The scooter-riding, all-night-dancing instigators of what became, from its myriad sources, a very British phenomenon. Mod began life as the quintessential working-class movement of a newly affluent nation – a uniquely British amalgam of American music and European fashions that mixed modern jazz with modernist design in an attempt to escape the drab conformity, snobbery and prudery of life in 1950s Britain. But what started as a popular cult became a mainstream culture, and a style became a revolution. In Mod, Richard Weight tells the story of Britain’s biggest and most influential youth cult. He charts the origins of Mod in the Soho jazz scene of the 1950s, set to the cool sounds of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He explores Mod’s heyday in Swinging London in the mid-60s – to a new soundtrack courtesy of the Small Faces, the Who and the Kinks. He takes us to the Mod–Rocker riots at Margate and Brighton, and into the world of fashion and design dominated by Twiggy, Mary Quant and Terence Conran. But Mod did not end in the 1960s. Richard Weight not only brings us up to the cult’s revival in the late 70s – played out against its own soundtrack of Quadrophenia and the Jam – but reveals Mod to be the DNA of British youth culture, leaving its mark on glam and Northern Soul, punk and Two Tone, Britpop and rave. This is the story of Britain’s biggest and brassiest youth movement – and of its legacy. Music, film, fashion, art, architecture and design – nothing was untouched by the eclectic, frenetic, irresistible energy of Mod.