Sharper Word: A Mod Reader

Sharper Word: A Mod Reader

by Paolo Hewitt

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As portrayed in the Who rock opera Quadrophenia, the mods were a working-class British youth cult in the mid-1960s preoccupied with mohair suits, dance clubs, scooters, and amphetamines. Rock journalist Hewitt borrows short snippets from Richard Barnes's standard Mods! (Plexus Pub., 1994), fiction by Tom Wolfe and Samuel Selvon, scholarly accounts by Stanley Cohen and Dick Hebdige, and oral histories. More obscure mod-related pieces, including an interview with top mod Pete Meaden, a 1960s article by fashion queen Mary Quant, and an unpublished eyewitness account by mod pioneer Irish Jack are also included. Though he somewhat neglects the mod drive for upward mobility after the lingering postwar economic squalor, Hewitt provides marvelous descriptions of mod trappings--the fashion, the music, the drugs, the clubs--that clearly demonstrate the roots of Britpop and Austin Powers. Recommended for anyone interested in social history, youth movements, Carnaby Street, and rock'n'roll.--Dave Szatmary. Univ. of Washington Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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Helter Skelter Publishing
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Hewitt was a key writer at the NME and is the highly respected author of many books, as well as penning the sleevenotes for Oasis' What's The Story Morning Glory.

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