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Episode 4
February 02, 2012 07:35 AM PST
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The Mods Book Discography

As a good friend of Pete Townshend, Richard Barnes had a perfect insight into the mod movement at it's peak and, in the Mods book, provides as accurate a portrayal as you are likely to find of the life and times that were the background to the early movement. Plus, with the benefit of first hand accounts from original mods, he recounts the ideals, aspirations and boundless ingenuity that were integral to Mod.

Published in 1979, one of the main attractions of the Mods book was, of course, the great selection of images of original mods. These photos would provide profound inspiration to the young mods who carried on the movement in the 80's and were a major influence in the direction of the Mod revival, which transformed from it's punk inspired beginings into a far more stylish and musically aware scene - and it's in this form it continues to thrive today.

Ranging from Pop, Blues, R&B, Soul, Ska, Rock & Roll and Surf, the exceptional variety of sounds listened to by mods are displayed by the discography in the Mods book. These sounds are what set mods apart and are a vivid demonstration of their phenominal good taste.

Motown Presents: 20 Mod Classics
April 07, 2011 12:17 PM PDT
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Whilst the original modernists may have been associated with Modern Jazz it is the style and sophistication of Motown that is most readily associated with the impeccable mod taste. The early Motown sound is one mods felt completely in tune with and, in Britain, it was the young mods who were the first enthusiasts for 'The Sound Of Young America'. Mods looked on soul music and Motown in particular not only as providing great sounds for the dance floor but as a kind of backing track to their lives.

Motown was also to have a great influence on bands that emerged out of the mod movement - The Who and The Action undertook many great Motown covers, Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane first met in a music shop, discussing their mutual love of Motown.

Even when the original Motown sound had lost some of it's mainstream popularity it was former mods in the North of England who kept enthusiasm for the music alive and it was to become an integral part of what became known as Northern Soul.

The Motown corporation has not been slow to spot the potential of the mod market and several albums have been released over the years to tie-in with it, all of which are well worth seeking out, but the two '20 Mod Classics' albums, released at the time of Mod revival, were the first introduction to this timeless music for many young mods like myself and, for me, are a permanent reminder of that period in time - the excitement I felt on first hearing this fantastic music and my memories of becoming a mod come back with listening to every track.
Glasgow Mods Weekender
July 02, 2009 11:28 AM PDT
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The seventh edition of the Friday Street-organised four-day weekender playing the 'best in underground 60s dance music' was on the weekend of June 25th-28th. Various locations in Glasgow's Merchant City were used over the four night and two daytime events. Around 200 scooters took part in the ride out through the city centre - twice as many as last year. Many people also remarked on how many young mods were at the evening and daytime events - as has been the case at other events this year. This wasn't just about the mods of the 'mod revival' days getting back together again, there is also a new breed taking part - new mods of the 21st century who will keep the scene alive in years to come. The organisers - Friday Street - should be thoroughly congratulated on a fantastic weekend! Here are some images and video from the Glasgow Mods Weekender 2009 - with the sound of 'The Creation - Try And Stop Me' http://www.themodgeneration.co.uk/

The Buckingham Palace Ride Out
June 16, 2009 01:54 PM PDT
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up to 300 scooters take to the streets of London for the Buckingham Palace Ride Out, organised by the Bar Italia Scooter Club in conjunction with 'The New Untouchables'