The Sharper Word: A Mod Anthology


"An unparalleled view of the world-conquering British youth cult."?Guardian

Paolo Hewitt, celebrated former NME scribe and acclaimed biographer of Steve Marriott, The Jam, and Oasis, collects the best writing on the original, and peculiarly British, cult of mod. Revised and updated.

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"An unparalleled view of the world-conquering British youth cult."—Guardian

Paolo Hewitt, celebrated former NME scribe and acclaimed biographer of Steve Marriott, The Jam, and Oasis, collects the best writing on the original, and peculiarly British, cult of mod. Revised and updated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900924887
  • Publisher: Helter Skelter Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Paolo Hewitt is a writer, broadcaster and journalist whose other books include biographies of Steve Marriott, The Jam, Oasis and Paul Weller.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction 7

01 The Influential Factor Graham Lentz 14

02 Yellow Socks Are Out Nik Cohn 32

03 Robert Wyatt From Jonathon Green's Days In The Life 37

04 Mods Richard Barnes 38

05 History Irish Jack 44

06 Carnaby Street Nik Cohn 49

07 Days In the Life Jonathon Green 52

08 Marc Bolan Mark Paytress 54

09 Days In the Life Jonathon Green 64

10 The North Shall Dance Again Keith Rylatt Phil Scott 66

11 'London's Speeding' Harry Shapiro 73

12 The Noonday Underground Tom Wolfe 83

13 Quant On Quant Mary Quant 94

14 The Young Meteors Jonathan Aitken 96

15 The Pop Process Richard Mabey 100

16 Mods Richard Barnes 102

17 The Detroit Report Dave Godin 105

18 The Lamberts Andrew Motion 116

19 Something Beginning With 'O' Kevin Pearce 120

20 Homegrown Cool: The Style Of The Mods Dick Hebdige 124

21 Catch A Fire Timothy White 127

22 Parallel Lives Peter Burton 130

23 The Lonely Londoners Samuel Selvon 133

24 Absolute Beginners Colin MacInnes 137

25 Limelight Blues Tony Parsons 141

26 Heaven's Promise Paolo Hewitt 148

27 Tobacco Road Alan Fletcher 156

28 Weekend Ian Hebditch 162

29 Mods Nik Cohn 167

30 Folk Devils and Moral Panics Stanley Cohen 174

31 The Small Faces: The Young Mods' Forgotten Story Paolo Hewitt 182

32 Spirit of '69 George Marshall 183

33 Mods Richard Barnes 188

34 The Ace Face's Forgotten Story: An Interview with Pete Meaden Steve Turner 191

35 Where Mod Went Next Alex Roest 210

Copyrights 214

Credits 220

A Note About the Editor 221

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