Archive for August, 2009

Brighton Rock movie remake goes mod

by Modculture 28 August, 2009

It's a classic post-wat thriller from the pen of Graham Greene (which originally dates from 1939), but the new movie version of Brighton Rock is apparently set in 1964, amid the backdrop of the mods and rockers beach fights. Which probably means there'll be some extras work kicking about in a couple of months.

The new movie version stars Helen Mirren and Pete Postlethwaite, alongside Sam Riley (who played Ian Curtis in Control), who will take the central role of Pinkie Brown, and Andrea Riseborough, who will play Rose Brown, with direction by Rowan Joffe. Location shooting is obviously London and Brighton.

Whether it is the 'truly great British gangster film' promised is anyone's guess, but it might be a tasty little movie with a decent soundtrack if done well. You'll have to wait until 2010 to find out if it is worthy of the hype. In the meantime, Amazon is doing the original DVD for under a fiver if you want a refresher. You can find it here.

Adidas classic Airliner bag

by Modculture 28 August, 2009

There's something timeless about Adidas accessories, especially something like the Adidas classic Airliner bag.

It's a typical 60s-style flight bag, with minimal detail, nothing more than the classic logo and some trimming, coupled with some orginal colourways and of course, a large storage area, side pocket and shoulder strap.

You can pick it up in four colour versions, priced at £30.

Find out more at the Adidas Store website

Clarks 60th Anniversary desert boots

by Modculture 28 August, 2009

We heard about these some months back, but as some crucial details (not least, price) weren't available, we decided to keep our powder dry. But as the Clarks 60th Anniversary desert boot collection has just hit the shelves, it seems like the perfect time to put that right.

Essentially it's a boot for (almost) every decade, the 1950s through to the modern era, the latter covered by a classic desert boot, no doubt to represent the rather faceless era we live in. Before that, we have some more bold designs that include a rather cool Harris tweed boot for the 50s, a Liberty print for the swinging sixties and a union jack design for the Britpop-inspired 90s.

All have a crepe sole and come in a presentation box with a keyring-sized mini version of your chosen shoe. In limited numbers, they sell for around £89, which sounds fairly reasonable. Check out some larger images of the boots over the page.

Find out more at the End Clothing website

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The Moons single incoming on Acid Jazz

by Modculture 27 August, 2009

We really rate The Moons and expect big things of them into 2010 – starting with their debut single on the Acid Jazz label, Torn Between Two, which is out in October, followed by an album, which should be hitting the shelves in February 2010.

The single will be available as a limited edition 45, backed by the Holland Dozier Holland classic ‘Leaving Here’, promoted by a tour of the UK which includes guest slots with both The Rifles and Ocean Colour Scene and some HMV instore appearances. See the confirmed dates over the page or check out the band's MySpace page for a taster of the tunes.

The Moons on MySpace

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We Are The Mods book issued

by Modculture 27 August, 2009

We did hear about this some time back, but it slipped off our radar – but now you can order a copy of We Are The Mods by Christine Jacqueline Feldman.

We've yet to see a copy (although we hope to have a review copy soon), but from what we've heard, it is a well researched book, with Christine doing a lot of research and interviewing a lot of people for the book over in the UK and beyond, looking at the history of the mod scene from its early 60s origins through to the scene today, taking in the UK, the US, Germany and Japan, as well as the lifestyle, music and the scene from a male and female perspective.

The 264-page book is published by Peter Lang in the US and is available directly from them or from the US version of Amazon (whose website has more information on the book). It sells there for $22.23.

Find out more at the Amazon US website