Soul Stylistsby Paolo Hewitt
This is a celebration of Britain's enduring youth cult, the Mods. Including personal testimonies from both well-known and unknown contributors, it attempts to trace the link between the two key elements of modernism - American rhythm and blues and British working-class fashion. It follows the transition of musical styles from London in the late 1950s, with the black American servicemen and their love for bebop, and from the sharply-dressed Mods of the early 1960s to the dawning of the skinhead and suedehead movement which provided the musical and stylistic inspirations for 1980s bands such as Madness, the Beat and the Specials. The book discusses such diverse characters as Pete Townshend, David Bowie and Ray Davies, as well as club owners, tailors and shop owners, in an analysis of the changing trends.
The work also explores Britain's northern soul scene, which saw thousands of youngsters in the North of England dedicate their lives to buying the most obscure American soul records. It claims that the Mods live on still, with many hip-hop disciples sporting the Tommy Hilfiger look of the early jazz modernists.
- Mainstream Publishing Company, Limited
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