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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780711968134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711968134
  • ASIN: 0711968136
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A lavish labour of love that details the rise, fall, rise and final levelling out of the British movement in words and stunning pictures.' RECORD COLLECTOR 'Strong on illustrations and first hand anecdotes from assorted '60s faces - a good chapter on scooters.' MOJO

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Terry Rawling's is a writer and graphic designer who has written biographies on The Small Faces, Brian Jones and Ronnie Wood.

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Mod: A Very British Phenomenon is a comprehensive and authentic source on the mod subculture. Until I recently decided to purchase a book on the topic, I had no idea how hard it was to find quality sources on mod culture. As someone interested in the style and cultural details, I was looking for a book with exhaustive descriptions and photographs. Resources on mod largely seem either low-budget, vague anectdotes or cheesy, sterotypical fluff on the 60s. After checking out the reviews and description of this book, I was excited to finally find what seemed to be the ideal coverage of mod.

When I received the book in the mail and cracked it open, I was instantly a bit disappointed. Its very worthwhile on one hand because its full of old newspaper clippings, quotes from interviews with original mod pioneers, historical events, clothing and style descriptions, hairstyle descriptions, and other cultural detail it gives readers-- no matter how well-versed in mod-- an informative and entertaining read. It is indeed a great source relative to the shabby body of work that exists on mod. Unfortunetly, there is an obvious drawback. I hoped the book would be in glossy coffetable format, filled with crisp images but the book instead has rather poor printing quality, distorted photographs and is lacking in format. The resolution is poor and the style choices of both the text and photos in the format are cheap and sometimes cheesy, pseudo-mod. So, I was a bit disappointed-- While great for information, the book is not one that I enjoy picking up and getting lost in the visuals--- instead, its more of an informative read for me.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Carpio on July 18, 2004
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Yes, I admit it....I'm a pop culture junkie!! I love to have books on different scenes I've been interested in. This is a great book on Mod culture. Lots of great picures of sixties mods!! A great guide for the style and music they listened to!!
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jersey Kid on May 24, 2002
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One of the greatest causes of inter-generational conflict is fashion; it's closely followed by poltics, but that's not what we're here for, is it?
And fashion is what Mod was all about. It was a uniquely British affair at the time, a teen movement that claimed to be a break with the staid past, but was almost fascistic in its relentless doctrine of 'dress this way or risk being ostracized'.
It didn't really hit in the US. Here, our teen culture was way too ethnocentric in the early sixties to adopt anything from overseas. Look, how even The Beatles' early singles died. In fact, it wasn't until the 1980's - in a post-modern, post-punk world - that new wavers on both sides of the pond embraced many of the basic dress tenets of the 1960 Mod culture.
So, what do we have here in Mr Rawlings book? It's a chronicle of what that time was about. Told in a broad sweeping narrative that is supported by a spectacular series of photos and first-person stories, the book confirms the title...Mod was a very Britsh Phenomena.
But, oh what a great time it was for music. And, that's real story in Rawlings' history. Sure, the Mods were self-absorbed fashion plates. But, while dressing for their own success, they also forged an amazing amalgamation of US R&B music with British skiffle and music hall beats. It was this synthesis of sound and culture that formed the foundation for most of The British Invasion. Listen to any of the early LP's by The Who; The Kinks; The Animals; or any the scores of one and no hit wonders. How many6 of them were covering Motown hits? How many of them took that beat and revved it up?
That's why so much of the book is a history of the rise and fall of groups. And, a comparatively unknown history it is.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zelie Nic on January 14, 2008
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This book is tops for the photos alone. There's a lot of great stuff in here, some of it you'll also find in Paolo Hewitt's book, such as the Marc Bolan interview in "Town" magazine. However, the interview is in its entirerty in Rawling's book.

This book is a 4.5 at the very least. Definatley worth the $20-or-so for the photos alone.
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