Mods, Scooters and Soul: A Second-Generation Memoir, 1978-1985 James R. Millar

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Mods, Scooters and Soul: A Second-Generation Memoir, 1978-1985 by James R. Millar
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In 1978, without any obvious warning, a revival of Mod sub-culture took the UK by storm. A single three-man band, The Jam, issued an inspirational rallying call, and thousands of British teenagers received their message loud and clear. Suited, bootedMoreIn 1978, without any obvious warning, a revival of Mod sub-culture took the UK by storm. A single three-man band, The Jam, issued an inspirational rallying call, and thousands of British teenagers received their message loud and clear.

Suited, booted and parka-clad youths appeared on the streets for the first time since the sixties, embracing styles, attitudes, tastes and values wholly at odds with the mainstream. Scooter sales soared, and veritable Mod armies once again descended on seaside resorts like Brighton.Yet the second-generation Mod and scooter scene was not merely a slavish copy of the first. It was an original and highly dynamic youth movement in its own right, which blended many aspects of sixties Mod sub-culture with other sixties and seventies influences, such as Psychedelia, Northern Soul, Punk and New Wave.

It progressed through a variety of styles, from the basic Mod look of 1978-1980 to the psychedelic look of 1981, to the plainer scooterist-cum-scooter-boy image that predominated from 1982 onward. It achieved a level of organisation far beyond anything associated with the first generation, and it was by this means that a series of huge scooter rallies was orchestrated to such venues as Scarborough, Great Yarmouth and the Isle of Wight, which dwarfed the seaside assemblies of the sixties.This book is a personal memoir written by James Millar, who was a particularly active member of the second generation between 1978 and 1985.

Millar describes how, in his early teens, he was drawn inexorably into the scene, how Mod sub-culture blossomed along the Sussex coast of the UK in 1980, and how, under the influence of one of the second generations truly fanatical faces, he subsequently became immersed in the so-called New Psychedelia. By mid-1982, however, scootering beckoned once again, in close association with the dramatic revival of the Northern Soul scene, based on a circuit of all-night clubs stretching from Londons 100 Club into the Midlands and the North.

For Millar, the legendary chewing-gum weekend now became a realistic prospect. If the more formal Mod scene was in decline, it seemed that the lifestyle was more accessible than it had ever been. But this was not something that could be sustained indefinitely and, in 1984, he was forced to make an agonizing choice between his own future and the way of life that had enthralled him for so long.In Mods, Scooters and Soul, James Millar offers a particularly vivid and illuminating insight into second-generation Mod and the broader eighties scootering scene.

His account illustrates how active and extensive the provincial UK Mod scene was in this period, and his coverage of the New Psychedelia is especially valuable, filling an important gap in the published literature. Photos and memorabilia of the specific events, people and locations described help to make this one of the most lively and evocative personal memoirs of the late-seventies and eighties Mod, scooter and soul era.



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