Archive for February, 2007
Does the image look familiar? Well, it will do it you own the Mods book by Richard Barnes (an essential buy for anyone with an interest in the subject). And it’s been reproduced here for this Mods birthday card.
I encountered it at the weekend in a shop in a small Lancashire town (Ramsbottom if you must know) and it’s made by a company called Pigment Productions. As well as the front cover image of a group of Mods in 1964, there’s a small target logo on the back and a brief birthday message inside.
You’ll probably need to check with the company for a local retailer – and if you do, expect to pay around £1.60.
Find out more at the Pigment Productions website
Peter Whitehead’s work as chronicler of the counter-culture is celebrated from March 1st – March 11th 2007 at London’s NFT, including a "meet and greet" with the man himself.
As you can imagine from someone capturing the cutting edge of the the late 60s, his work is interesting, but unlikely to appeal to typical regular cinema-goers. Still, there’s plenty worth checking out for fans of the era, including his most famous work – Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London, which is still probably the best recorded document of "Swinging London" and indeed, the people that were doing the swinging.
And if you want to find out more about the man, book a ticket for Peter Whitehead in Conversation on March 7th, which covers his past works, a glimpse of current work in progress and an interview with Whitehead on the NFT stage.
Find out more at the NFT website
If you’re planning on a trip over to Brighton Beach in London, here’s some news on guest DJs in the Mod room.
On Friday 20th April, friend of the site Rowly (London Bridge) will be joined by Stevie B (New Untouchables). And on Friday 18th May, very special guest is Ady Croasdell (6Ts, 100 Club)
Brighton Beach London features two rooms of 60s Garage, Psych, R’n’B & Soul played alongside Britpop & Current Guitar Records. Room 2 is all about original 45s, with resident Gav Needham and guest DJs from the Mod scene every month.
Carling Academy Islington
16 Parkfield Street
London N1 0PS
Nearest tube: Angel
Time: 10.30pm – 3am
Admission: £5 or £6 on the door.
Find out more at the Brighton Beach website
If you happen to be in the Liverpool area, it might be worth checking out Friction.
Friction is the work of Will Sergeant, probably best-known as the guitarist in Liverpool band Echo and the Bunnymen. Early doors it’s described as ambient tunes, but when club hours start, it’s a mix of 60s soul and beat, psych and the odd indie and punk classic.
The night runs every Thursday at Korova, 39-41 Fleet Sreet, Liverpool, L1 4AR. it starts around 8pm and runs until late.
And check out our club guide for a club near you.
Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 23rd February to Thursday 29th February.
Highlights of the week
TV: Soul Britannia – Queens of Lover’s Rock. Friday 23rd February. BBC 4. 8.30pm.
Janet (Silly gaaaaaaaaames) Kay and Carroll Thompson celebrate the romantic, yearning vocals of Lover’s Rock, a uniquely British take on reggae.
Radio: The Warhol Effect. Tuesday 27th February BBC Radio 2. 8.30pm.
An exploration of the impact of artist, Icon and visionary Andy Warhol on the evolution of popular music. Contributors include Lou Reed and John Cale, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Joe Dallesandro, Nicky Haslam and Tom Wolfe.
If you’re on the hunt for something new (and free) to listen to online, check out the latest podcast from London clubnight Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul.
Expect the usual mix of vintage sounds, along with the soul of the Stones, another Unknown Soldier of Soul, a 12-minute voyage into psychedelic soul and two prime slices of German cheese.
And while you’re there, check out the details of the latest night, which takes place on Saturday March 3rd with guest DJ Findlay Brown.
Podcast and club details at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul website
If you happen to be in the Pontypridd area, your support will be appreciated for a new night going under the name Get On The Goodfoot.
It’s a monthly night promising northern soul, R&B, latin, jazz, funk, ska and hip sounds. It runs from 7:30pm until 1am with DJ Pasti and guests. Admission is £2.50. Opening night is Saturday 17th March.
Get On The Goodfoot
Clwb y Bont
For more information contact [email protected]
Great looks and a great heritage – the 1946 Vespa Headlight Clock.
The clock is based on the headlight of the first Vespa model, introduced, as the name suggests, in 1946. It features the original green metal casing and chrome bezel, but the lens replaced by an an analogue (and battery-powered) clock.
You can pick one up online for $178 (around £90).
Find out more from the NapaStyle website
Via Retro To Go
Barry Murphy once more trawls the TV and radio guides (so you don’t have to) to find anything worth tuning into this week. All listings are for UK terrestrial TV, Freeview and national radio, with the shows running from Friday 16th February to Thursday 22nd February.
Highlights of the week
TV: Soul Britannia @ the Barbican (1/2) BBC 4. Friday 16th February 10.00pm.
Pauline Black presents the first of two concerts celebrating black American and Caribbean sounds, with Sam Moore, Eric Burdon, Geno Washington and Jimmy James.
Radio: Watcha Gonna Do about it – the Small Faces Story. BBC Radio 2. Saturday 17th February 8.00pm
Billy Bragg recalls the story of London-based, 60s Mod legends the Small Faces. With contributions from Ian Mclagan, Kenney Jones, Paul Weller, Stan Lane (brother of Ronnie), Jenny Marriott (First wife of Steve) and Tony Calder.
Much talked-about but rarely seen, the silly 60s pop movie Gonks Go Beat will be available for the first time on DVD from 28th May 2007.
Details about the DVD release are still scarce, but this ridiculous musical version of Romeo and Juliet (featuring the rival communities of Beatland and Balladisle) is worth the effort just for the Graham Bond Organisation footage.
And as a taster of the movie, check out the clip below…