The Society of Cool!
Because I am one of the ' chosen few' Lol who trod the hallowed ground at the right time I think I can offer you this thought:-
I have often said that I dont think there were any original Mods on the beaches either in Brighton or Margate or in fact anywhere, my opinion is that the original Mod had already finished and an offshoot had evolved into pre- skinhead,
If you really think about it and look at the early development of Mods they were nothing like the thousands that came along in the early to mid sixties, the clothes were completely different and the attitudes had changed beyond recognition
How many of these did you see on the beaches ?
Or was it more like this ?
You could not buy a harrington or Parka in the early days its only when The Ivy Shop started selling Harringtons that they became the ' must have' but the more flamboyant' Mod ' had almost already dissapeared.
I was one of these so called mod/skinheads so speak from personal recollection its up to you how you see it.
Hi it's a good point that you make Derek. I'm sure that "Mod" changed quite a bit during the early to mid 60's and became the basis of the skinheads.
I probably stopped being a "Mod" when I got my first car, grew my hair a little and decided that the Byrds were the best band ever (and still are). Levis held up by clip on braces, short sleeve Brutus shirts, brogues and Harrington's became the Skinhead uniform.
In truth most of us were probably only Mods for a year or two as it was a teenage fad which was never meant to become a lifestyle or for anyone beyond their teenage years.
Really good point. But I think one have to consider the time now and the age - getting older". Are you the same as 20 years ago? And I think it is important to consider that times are changing and then....what would a mod of the late 50s/early 60s be today, what would he/she wear?!
Really good point, good thread.
I saw an old picture of my self from the 60's and a more recent one blimey i am still wearing the same style now, changed a bit in the inbetween years, long hair and so on but now back and lovin' every moment of it
Another well said story by someone who was there and not by someonw who 'thinks' how it was