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Title: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Getdeeper on October 04, 2019, 06:00:19 PM
Long time lurker finally breaking cover  ;)

I hope the moderators won't mind me saying a few words about Mod Ghosts, my new book to be published later this month. Over the last two years I've manged to give life to what I think is a new concept in the pantheon of books about our beloved subculture.  I'm very proud of the end result which is part personal memoir and part photographic tribute to Mod culture. The focus is on the ephemera of our forty (or sixty) year journey. The inconsequential places and the faces that made this such a durable and uniquely respected phenomenon.  The book was written with a mix of tongue firmly in cheek, deep melancholy for the passing of the decades and tremendous pride in what we achieved. I hope Mod Ghosts will appeal to a broad base of interest in Mod, urban history, popular culture and the little things that combined to make all three

More on the book and pre-order can be found at www.modghosts.co.uk
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Simon Bond on October 05, 2019, 12:22:52 PM
Sounds interesting and I shall look out for it when it is released
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Getdeeper on October 05, 2019, 02:40:22 PM
Thanks Simon. Yes, my aim with the book was to offer a slightly different perspective on the phenomenon. Contributing to the Modernist echo chamber with just another chronological account would serve no real purpose. Better authors than me have already done that, and done it well. My approach was iconoclastic to some extent. I wanted Mod Ghosts to examine the surrounding historical context, the present day meaning and what the future might hold. I hope Iíve pulled that off with a book that may prove controversial in some quarters. Weíll see.
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: greenstreet on October 05, 2019, 07:28:53 PM
Welcome, pal! I subscribe Simon's words: it sounds interesting and I'll take a look too.
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: The Laird of Enfield on October 06, 2019, 05:47:21 PM
Thanks Simon. Yes, my aim with the book was to offer a slightly different perspective on the phenomenon. Contributing to the Modernist echo chamber with just another chronological account would serve no real purpose. Better authors than me have already done that, and done it well. My approach was iconoclastic to some extent. I wanted Mod Ghosts to examine the surrounding historical context, the present day meaning and what the future might hold. I hope Iíve pulled that off with a book that may prove controversial in some quarters. Weíll see.


And you'd have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for those pesky kids.....

Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Getdeeper on October 06, 2019, 06:17:46 PM

And you'd have gotten away with it, if it hadn't been for those pesky kids.....

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Indeed. I ill-advisedly used the very same reference in conversation with my Brazilian wife and nine year-old twins the other day. Blank faces all round and another nail in the coffin of daddyís credibility.
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Getdeeper on October 06, 2019, 06:22:29 PM
Welcome, pal! I subscribe Simon's words: it sounds interesting and I'll take a look too.

Thank you. Once I can work out how to attach an image, I will post a sample page of narrative from the book so you can get a better idea of what itís all about 😉
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Simon Bond on October 06, 2019, 06:28:29 PM
Welcome, pal! I subscribe Simon's words: it sounds interesting and I'll take a look too.

Thank you. Once I can work out how to attach an image, I will post a sample page of narrative from the book so you can get a better idea of what itís all about 😉
Well er , Sydney might be the man to give you er some help with posting  that
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: greenstreet on October 07, 2019, 10:25:27 AM
Welcome, pal! I subscribe Simon's words: it sounds interesting and I'll take a look too.

Thank you. Once I can work out how to attach an image, I will post a sample page of narrative from the book so you can get a better idea of what itís all about 😉
Well er , Sydney might be the man to give you er some help with posting  that

Oh no, not the Imgur explanation again!  ;D
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Trotsky on October 07, 2019, 02:24:44 PM
"The cruel irony is that this time around, many ex-revival Mod parents are secretly hoping their off-spring will embrace at least something of the essential non-compliance that underpins the youth subculture. Would I be disappointed if my children did some of the things I did as a Mod in my youth? Probably. Would I be equally disappointed if they didnít? Also probably.
Iíd just like to be able to choose which ones."

Very true.
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: greenstreet on October 07, 2019, 03:39:17 PM
"The cruel irony is that this time around, many ex-revival Mod parents are secretly hoping their off-spring will embrace at least something of the essential non-compliance that underpins the youth subculture. Would I be disappointed if my children did some of the things I did as a Mod in my youth? Probably. Would I be equally disappointed if they didnít? Also probably.
Iíd just like to be able to choose which ones."

Very true.

A lost (beach  ;D) battle with my teenage son, who's been abducted by the dark forces of tracksuits, trap and Instagram. Still I hope he at least digs "Quadrophenia".
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: Getdeeper on October 11, 2019, 06:55:54 PM
"The cruel irony is that this time around, many ex-revival Mod parents are secretly hoping their off-spring will embrace at least something of the essential non-compliance that underpins the youth subculture. Would I be disappointed if my children did some of the things I did as a Mod in my youth? Probably. Would I be equally disappointed if they didnít? Also probably.
Iíd just like to be able to choose which ones."

Very true.

This excerpt is from the chapter I probably enjoyed writing the most.  It tries to understand what this special thing of ours means at the end of the second decade of the 21st century. Not sure I arrive at many answers but it was bloody fun having a go  :)
Title: Re: Mod Ghosts
Post by: greenstreet on October 12, 2019, 12:08:42 PM
"The cruel irony is that this time around, many ex-revival Mod parents are secretly hoping their off-spring will embrace at least something of the essential non-compliance that underpins the youth subculture. Would I be disappointed if my children did some of the things I did as a Mod in my youth? Probably. Would I be equally disappointed if they didnít? Also probably.
Iíd just like to be able to choose which ones."

Very true.

This excerpt is from the chapter I probably enjoyed writing the most.  It tries to understand what this special thing of ours means at the end of the second decade of the 21st century. Not sure I arrive at many answers but it was bloody fun having a go  :)

Not an easy answer for that, Andy, it still means a lot of different things to a lot of different persons.