Archive for May, 2006

YouTube: The Seeds

by Modculture 25 May, 2006

I love this clip. It’s a classic piece of 60s garage from The Seeds, with their first 45, the wonderful "Pushin’ Too Hard" from 1966. Except, of course, it’s not quite your typical clip – it seems to be from some American sitcom of the same era, with the band doing a guest spot.

Picture quality isn’t as good as you’d like, but it’s still decent and the music more than makes up for it. Enjoy!

Don’t forget – send us your favourite clips and we’ll feature them.

BBC's summer of 1967

by Modculture 24 May, 2006


I’m not sure if this a one-hour special or a first instalment, the press release isn’t clear, but this BBC2 documentary on swinging London and the summer of ’67, under the title Summer Of Love, cerrtainly seems to pack a lot in.

Covering the usual ground of rebellion against the establishment, sexual revolution, LSD and outrageous fashions set to a 60s soundtrack, the programme features interviews with Donovan, Bill Wyman, Micky Dolenz, Barbara "Biba" Hulanicki, Vidal Sassoon, Mary Quant and Johnnie Walker, plus politicians and media types of the day.

Certainly worth setting the video (or DVD recorder) for. It’s on Saturday 27th May at 9:10pm on BBC2.

Via Retro To Go

Sixties Graphics at the V&A

by Modculture 22 May, 2006

It’s going to be a sixties summer over at the V&A. As well as the Swinging London exhibition, they’ll also be hosting a display of graphic material including posters, magazines, photographs, album covers and other printed ephemera, covering the period 1965-1972.

Sixties Graphics will focus on the huge explosion of talent in London in the mid-sixties, as well as charting the emergence of the ‘counter-culture’, the ‘underground press’ and the development of psychedelia.

On show will be key works by Peter Blake, plus inconic posters by artists Nigel Waymouth and Michael English (who worked together as Hapshash and the Coloured Coat), Martin Sharp and others, plus images of musicians of the day and graphics created for ‘underground’ gatherings, events and clubs, such as UFO and Middle Earth.

Sixties Graphics will run from 6th June to 12th November 2006. Entry will be free.

Find out more at the V&A website

60s British psych posters

by Modculture 20 May, 2006

With an exhibition due at the V&A later this year (more on that later), it might be a good time to invest in some of the eccentric British poster art of the late 60s. After a good deal of searching around, I’ve found a website that has a great selection of original posters from the era.

Psychotron has a range of poster art from the clubs (for example, the Ricky Tick and UFO) , from live gigs and a number promoting Oz magazine, in particular, the work of Martin Sharp.

There’s also a selection of posters from other countries, especially the USA, plus some more affordable re-prints from the era. The website isn’t the best in the world, but if you’re looking for a shrewd investment, there’s plenty here that should serve you well in years to come.

Visit the Psychotron website

Cult movie site Cinedelica launched

by Modculture 20 May, 2006


As vintage film and TV buffs (and knowing a lot of people who feel the same way), we thought we’d spend a bit more time writing about it – so we’ve launched Cinedelica, a cult film and TV website that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

It will run alongside the film material on Modculture, but will cover cult film and TV from the 1920s right through to the present day, covering every genre – as long as it’s interesting!

We hope to pack in reviews, features, news, the best of YouTube, long-lost film trailers, forthcoming showings on the big and small screen plus anything else that fits the bill – all updated daily.

It’s just gone live, you can find it at:
http://www.cinedelica.com

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YouTube: The Creation

by Modculture 12 May, 2006

After the popularity of last week’s Small Faces clip, let’s enjoy somehting in a similar vein – The Creation.

Enjoy these two tracks (Painter Man and Stop Me), then try to work out how the band weren’t huge.

Football fashions of 1966

by Modculture 11 May, 2006

The picture to your right is Bobby Moore and Martin Peters having a wander near England’s team hotel in 1966, taken from a fantastic new book of unseen photos taken around the World Cup of 1966 – 1966 Uncovered.

Many aren’t taken on the football pitch – and that’s the really fascinating thing. Five main chapters are packed with pictures from the regional stages, then onto the knockout matches and the final.

It’s amazingly quirky – from Nobby Stiles buying records, Pele in the pouring rain of Bolton, the North Koreans watching Laurel and Hardy through to the Italians doing the full-on rat pack in Durham, the Germans in really cool knitted sports tops and all manner of strange locals to scare the players.

Expect a full review soon – certainly one to browse in your local bookshop.

Swinging London exhibition at the V&A

by Modculture 9 May, 2006

If you’re not aware, the V&A will be running a Swinging London exhibition from 6th June 2006 through to 25th February 2007, featuring designs by Mary Quant, Ossie Clark, Pierre Cardin and Paco Rabanne among others, covering the period from the mid 1950s (when Mary Quant established her first boutique) to the early 1970s.

Through the display of around 60 garments, Sixties Fashion will show how key ‘looks’ evolved in London, the influence of King’s Road and Carnaby Street and their impact on international trends. We’ll have more on this as the exhibition approaches.

We’ve already picked up our catalogue and have to say, it’s a "must buy". Swinging Sixties edited by Christopher Breward, David Gilbert and Jenny Lister is a mix of archive images, well-written pieces about the fashion world and beyond and one of the most exhaustive bibliographies I’ve ever encountered, not to mention colour images of key pieces from the exhibition.

You can pick up a copy now at the V&A.

Fashion In Film Festival

by Modculture 8 May, 2006


May sees the Fashion In Film Festival in London,  a retrospective showcase of film and video work on fashion, taking place at three London venues – Ciné lumière (French Institute), The Horse Hospital and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).

There’s a mix of early and classic cinema, contemporary art and documentaries, but the highlight for me is a rare screening of the rarely seen cult fashion flick Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo?, introduced by its director, William Klein.

Film screenings will be followed by lectures, informal talks and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, artists, critics and fashion designers. For a full listing of all events, check out the website.

Check out the Fashion In Film website

YouTube: Small Faces

by Modculture 4 May, 2006

This week’s clip is a bit obvious, the Small Faces. However, the track is a little less obvious – it’s Green Circles on (I think) Beat Club. Check out Ronnie Lane’s jacket – and check out some truly appalling miming. Enjoy!

“Baracuta”