I flagged this up when it first appeared on pre-sale, which was actually before it has even been written. Fast forward to now and Mods: A Way of Life by Patrick Potter is about to hit the shelves.
To be honest, I still don’t know much about it, but at least there are some pages and insights available about the finished product available to check out.
It doesn’t for a minute look like it will be in the same league as something like Mods: The New Religion or even Richard Weight’s Mods book. But I don’t think it’s even trying to compete with books of that substance.
This is part of ‘a series of photobooks’ focusing on youth cultures and only went into the writing stage in the second half of last year. It also features images you might well have seen before. The ones here do have a familiar look about them. I think that’s called getting the criticism out of the way.
But if you want an overview of mod without the depth of some of those previously mentioned books, not to mention some original 60s photography, then it might be worth a look. Or if you are a book completist for that matter. A comment by the author on an earlier version of this article (see below) probably gives some insight too.
As I said, I’ve not seen a finished copy and so I can’t really give a definitive opinion on it. I can only second guess based on the details sent over. If that’s good enough for you, then this 192-page hardback book is available to pre-order now ahead of the 23rd April 2018 publication date, selling for £13.51.