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Banter / Re: Lord Dunsby Appreciation Thread
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:39:33 AM »
Yes , l remember Steve from the previous incarnation of the Forum , interesting guy who did help to keep the whole thing going .
He lives on in our memories . .

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General music chat / Re: Marc Bolan
« on: January 13, 2020, 07:40:16 PM »
Yeah they were, you can look at charts from each year and there are tonnes of garbage in there.....todays charts are no worse, unless you don't listen to new chart music. ;)

The internet and streaming is perfect for discovering new music, never been easier.

I doubt my varied (often non mod) music will be of interest to you. :D

Spot on sir , that is the most accurate thing you have ever posted on here .. ;)

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General music chat / Re: Marc Bolan
« on: January 12, 2020, 12:53:26 PM »
But that's a CD release!

How ye gonnae play it oan yir wind up gramophone?

 ;D ;D That detail hadn't dawned on me, Laird, thanks for the warning. Back to the shellac discs then!
Ah , Shellac is poor . It is very prone to wear and warping and indeed was soon " upgraded" by Edison,  with his 1/4"discs which produced questionable results even on there 1912 release when they were retailed for around $150 .
To me , all the developments in sound recording and indeed playback after , c1905 , have been nothing less than rather blatant attempts to get the public to keep buying new types of recording playback devices and simply not satisfied enough with plethoras of media , such as vinyl discs , magnetic tapes and 8track etc We are now , yes now expected to abandon  analogue recordings completely and use a new fangled device known as the "streamer" , which when l was young was something one hung out the window of a bus as one partook ones school trip. .

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General music chat / Re: Marc Bolan
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:56:15 PM »
Another interesting (and surprisingly cheap) comp that gathers the pre-TRex Bolan stuff (including his John's Children's output) on a handy package. There's also a book/CD on the pipeline that will gather some long lost manuscripts, poems and drawings of Bolan with this same CD, maybe that's why this 1st edition is cheap.

https://easyaction.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=709&search=marc+bolan

The ancient, dusty music lover strikes again (evil laughter)!

Well said mi hombre  ;D

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Books and other printed media / Re: Mod Ghosts finally hits the streets
« on: January 11, 2020, 06:52:50 PM »
Not to be missed if you've liked/are interested in Andy's oeuvre and, of course, the author:

https://www.suityourselfmodernists.com/andy-morling-mod-ghosts?fbclid=IwAR35_xWE9c93I8ODR9IzVUKEuo6L5U1kCOU0dZ1FoxRbke2rVMUR2EKib8Y

I read that and thought it was decent . However , having been there (I got seriously into Mod culture in 1979 ,too) and 'lived the dream' , saw the good and the bad along with the bitter and the sweet , found it exciting and at times exhilerating , in particular when hammering along the road in my scooter with some good mates , l would rather not relive it all through someones else's eyes .
I have had my fill of Mod books now and am more interested in the original deal that happened when l was very young than the one l actually took part in. I have my own memories and my own photos from that period.
Nowaday's , the Mod scene is much better and more civilised than  when we were in our teens and early 20s , in my opinion. .

The book does look very well put together with plenty of good fotos and l am glad that you enjoyed it and l'm sure Andy tells a good story and the philosophical bit may give it a bit more depth but there are other subjects I'd rather read about. .

No argument here.

My own view is that the sixties and eighties scenes were sufficiently different from one other to be considered separate phenomena.  They don't have to be played off against each other as they are so often. The two iterations were materially different, as was the surrounding temporal context. Each was a product of its time and each is worthy of commentary in its own right.

That said, I'm also a bit jaded by the sheer number of Mod books on the market and the rather formulaic approach adopted. I stopped reading them a while back. Too many, too samey and often way too nostalgic.  The prospect of publishing yet another Mod book left me cold.

In spirited defence of Mod Ghosts, my hope was that the book would be different enough conceptually and in the tone, emphasis and presentation of its content to set it apart. Scarcity alone sometimes bestows legendary status upon pieces of art and the days we spent pouring over Barnes' book are gone forever. In 2020 we're all potential authors, filmmakers and musicians. Some might say that's a shame, but I, for one, find that tremendously exciting. I get that not everyone will see it that way or relate to Mod Ghosts. That's as it should be and I find that exciting too.

Indeed , of course the 6ts and 8ts are different epochs and I wasn't suggesting for a moment that they were one in the same at all. The two could never be the same , the 8ts incarnation to me was a poor reflection of the other bygone era . However , the 8ts incarnation was an attempt to ape the 6ts one in many ways but as you already mentioned elsewhere , most of us were trying to do it on the cheap . Unlike the 6ts version of events which evolved over a period of years , in the eighties case  it arrived , suddenly there were a bunch of kids on the streets wearing surplus parkas festooned with badges proclaiming themselves to be Mods.

Whilst l have seen  similar ground being covered by certain Mod books , it is probably unfair to write them all off as samey . The Barne's book for instance that you mention , whilst I may not have actually looked at it now for a couple of years , still stands as a good documentary from a guy who was in the thick of it and whilst there is his own personal account on the whole he has tried to get the views and input of many others from the period.

There is no need to defend your book as l am not in a position to attack  it nor would l attack it , my simple point being that having lived through the late 7ts early 8ts Mod era the good and the bad bits , l simply have no need to read about it through others eyes . I used to have an interest in how others had arrived at being a Mod back in the day but I now feel l have heard enough of them too .

I still listen to much of the 6ts music that we got into back in the 8ts whereas , l rarely listen to 8ts 'Mod' bands or indeed ever  think about my life in that part of the 8ts . At the time I was more interested in my scooter , l already had an affinity for scooters before l found out about Mods in 1976 . However , it was rarely a walk in the park and l can recall at least one incident that l was lucky to get out of alive and on another occaison being followed home by two guys on a large motorcycle , which wasn't my idea of good fun either . .

So for me , the 8ts Mod era could be summed up succintly as been there , done that and got the T-shirt and is no longer something l wish to read about , just like l gave up years ago reading football pundits stories of a match l had already attended . .

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Clothes bargains, pass 'em on...
« on: January 10, 2020, 05:41:49 PM »
Far Afield x Madras Clothing camel pop over shirts are down to 20 for anyone lucky enough to be a medium, short sleeve and long.





https://www.thread-brighton.com/product/x-madras-shirting-co'-(ivy-ls-shirt-(camel))

https://www.thread-brighton.com/product/x-madras-shirting-co'-(ivy-ss-shirt-(camel))

Popped in to the Brighton store for their closing down sale & picked up the SS madras popovers in camel, blue & a (sample only issue) green for 15 each :)

Lots of very nice mod-friendly items with decent prices on their clearance sale.... knitted polos, popovers, 3-button linen jackets, even a crewneck for The Laird!
https://www.thread-brighton.com/search.php?search=Far%20afield

This. .?


 :D

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: January 09, 2020, 12:11:31 PM »
Ah take a size 11 so ah'm afraid ah'll huv tae pass n' continue wearin' ma circus issue socks.


Ur we allowed tae hint that GS might in fact be wearin' ladies stockings?

I thought mod style was all about androgyny!   ::) Really a ladies webstore mainly, but don't tell no one, Laird.  ;)


Of course when ah suggested ye might be wearin' ladies stockings - ah meant underneath the socks.

Ah blame it oan watchin' aw them Pedro Almodovar films growin' up.

 ;D


I must disagree , it all the Rosa Chacel books he didn't read. . ;D

Blame is on me, hermano, my fault and my loss  :-[

Well , it's not going to mean 100yrs Of Solitude,  is it . .🤤😇

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: January 08, 2020, 10:18:30 PM »
Ah take a size 11 so ah'm afraid ah'll huv tae pass n' continue wearin' ma circus issue socks.


Ur we allowed tae hint that GS might in fact be wearin' ladies stockings?

I thought mod style was all about androgyny!   ::) Really a ladies webstore mainly, but don't tell no one, Laird.  ;)


Of course when ah suggested ye might be wearin' ladies stockings - ah meant underneath the socks.

Ah blame it oan watchin' aw them Pedro Almodovar films growin' up.

 ;D


I must disagree , it all the Rosa Chacel books he didn't read. . ;D

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Mod fashion and style / Re: Whats the last item you bought?
« on: January 08, 2020, 06:10:58 PM »
Ah take a size 11 so ah'm afraid ah'll huv tae pass n' continue wearin' ma circus issue socks.


Ur we allowed tae hint that GS might in fact be wearin' ladies stockings?

I thought mod style was all about androgyny!   ::) Really a ladies webstore mainly, but don't tell no one, Laird.  ;)
🌚😇

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Mod fashion and style / Re: I'd Wear That...
« on: January 08, 2020, 02:16:30 PM »
I'm not a fan of the gathered waist either , never hud a season ticket fur that.  .

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