Mod: Recommended Resources

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Small disclaimer: Don’t get your knickers in a twist, current Mods! Love you too, but this is mostly about Mods of the 50s and 60s.

Things to Listen To:

Whether you care about Mod or not, go listen to the Who’s QuadropheniaThen listen to it again, because it’s hard to get everything out of a masterpiece from one hearing.

Impossible to list all the great Mod music from the early years, but you can make a good start with Get On the Right Track: Mod R&B, Jazz and Ska from Fantastic Voyage records. Browse their catalogue for many other excellent collections in the jazz, blues, R&B, soul and ska genres.

Ace Records are another essential source for the main Mod musical styles.

Hear a carefully curated selection of outstanding tracks, and learn about contemporary Mod, weekly with the mighty Punks in Parkas podcast by the discerning DJ Penny Lane.

Ms. Lane also appears on We Are the Mods!, the some-music-mostly-discussion podcast headed by DJ Warren Peace–news and opinions on all things Mod. Mr. Peace has discontinued this podcast as of spring 2015, but many excellent back episodes are available here, among other places.

Things to Read:

Anderson, Paul ‘Smiler’. Mods: The New Religion

Beesley, Tony. Sawdust Caesars: Original Mod Voices – and have a general shifty at his site

Hewitt, Paolo and Mark Baxter. The A-Z of Mod

Levy, Shawn. Ready Steady Go! The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London

MacInnes, Colin. Absolute Beginners (fiction)

Weight, Richard. Mod: A Very British Style – also see here for a good short article by the same author.

Want more? Check out any book on the early years of 1960s blues/rhythm & blues bands such as the Who, the Small Faces or the Rolling Stones.

Things to Look At:

Quadrophenia (1979)

BBC Timeshift: Mods, Rockers, and Bank Holiday Mayhem (2014)

Hundreds of mint photos on my Pinterest boards:
Follow Sara’s board The Mod on Pinterest.

Follow Sara’s board 60s Britain Youth and Other Folks on Pinterest.

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