Books

Ace Records 30th anniversary book

Reissue and compilation kings Ace Records have a book out celebrating 30 years in the business. Ace Records: Labels Unlimited by David Stubbs tells the story of how Ace Records began life on a humble London market stall and went on to help shape the face of the modern music […]

Help needed for book on original mods

Are you an original mod from the 1960s with plenty of tales to tell and photos to illustrate your youth? If so then here’s your chance to be documented in print form. Original West London mod Barrie, who still rides his Vespa top this day, is a writer by trade […]

Nightshift – extended and limited

Ever read Nightshift by Pete McKenna? You should do – it’s a great read if you have an interest in life in the early 70s, the original northern soul scene and particularly, the Wigan Casino. The book is set for a re-release, but in a different form. Firstly, it will […]

Online modernist fiction

Occasionally mod-inspired fiction rears it head, though a lot of such books seem to be written to cash in on something considered ‘cool’. Frankly it can be questionable whether the author has ‘lived the life’ to be in the right position to accurately write about the subject. So it was […]

The Alan Bown Set story

The release of Alan Bowns’ biography has just come to our attention. The Alan Bown Set were a popular club ‘soul revue’ style band in the mid-60s and were regarded as an incendiary live act. Signed to Pye Records initially (the singles from this period are still highly sought after), […]

New issue of Shindig! magazine out now

Just hitting the shops now is the new issue of Shindig! magazine. After its relaunch issue a couple of months back the bi-monthly publication deals in vintage "rock’n’roll, pop, beat, garage, psychedelia, soul, & folk". Featuring the usual high quality news, reviews, and interviews bought to you by creator Jon […]

Five must-buy mod books

Confused by the ever-growing number of mod-themed books on the shelves of your local bookshop? Help is at hand. Our latest feature on the site is five must-buy mod books. Obviously this is down to personal taste and I’m sure at least one of the list (if not more) will […]

London Film Location Guide

Ever watch an old film and wonder where they were filmed? Well, if they were in London, you can pretty much guarantee it will be in the London Film Location Guide by Simon R.H. James. There’s 276 pages and around 750 films featured, with a significant number from the 1960s. […]