Books

eBay watch: Quadrophenia novel for £1

Do a search for Alan Fletcher's Quadrophenia novel on eBay and you'll find one for a laughable £130 and one (as I type) for 99p with three days to go. I know which one I would buy. Its true value in the current market is probably around the £20 mark, […]

History of the UK Jazz Dance Scene

It's been 10 years in the making, which just might give you an idea of the depth of From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz – The History of the UK Jazz Dance Scene. The work of Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove and designed by one of our favourite artist/designers Swifty, […]

Vespa: An Illustrated History

The original version came out back in 1993, now an updated second edition of Vespa: An Illustrated History is available via Haynes. The original was by longstanding Vespa importer Eric Brockway, who has now sadly died. The updated version adds content from journalist Peter Henshaw, both men taking the Vespa […]

Len Deighton's Action Cook Book

Originally released back in the 1960s, the classic Action Cook Book by Len Deighton is back to give you and your kitchen some Harry Palmer style. Len Deighton wasn't just a lover of words, he was also a lover of food – he trained as a chef and was also […]

Garageland by Nicolas Ungemuth

If you have a fluency in French and a passion for all things garage, then Garageland by Nicolas Ungemuth looks to be the perfect purchase. As far as we know, it's only been printed in French (although the Colette product page says it's in English – even though the cover […]

Awaydays the movie

Not particularly 'mod' (although there were some '79-era mods in the book), Kevin Sampson's superb late-70s set novel, Awaydays has become a movie, hitting cinemas on 22nd May. And we have the trailer and some images right here. Set during the dawn of the 'football casual' era, Awaydays is in […]

New book: Our Generation

Probably more of interest to fans of punk, Our Generation by Tony Beesley does take in the mod revival and should certainly be of interest to anyone brought up in the Sheffield area. According to the author, Our Generation is the 'very first account of the punk generation of Sheffield […]

Ray Charles photography book

A bespoke photography book of images of Ray Charles by his manager has gone on sale. Yes Indeed! had been put together by the legendary Joe Adams, Charles' manager since 1959 until his death in 2004. The limited edition book (2,500 copies worldwide) contains hundreds of images, but that is […]