SKINS, A Way of Life by Patrick PotterSKU: BK-404 BOOK SKINS. A WAY OF LIFE OS
SKINS, a Way of Life
1969 is happening again…
A collection of never before seen images capturing the defiant spirit and eccentric creativity of British youth.
This book covers the historical and political landscape and looks at the attitude/beliefs/ideology and aesthetics of the scene.
1966 Mod culture was dying. England won the world cup. The psychedelic wave of hippy culture was rising. But it did not appeal to all the kids. Not the ones from the rougher new estates…
Don’t give me your hippy revolution. I don’t trust it. You can tune in and drop out because you know daddy can bail you out later. I’m gonna work hard and I’m gonna play harder. You keep the LSD and I’ll keep the speed. You keep Pink Floyd and I’ll have Desmond Dekker. There ain’t gonna be no revolution.
There ain’t gonna be no classless society. But we don’t care.
We’ve got the pub, the terrace and the Mecca dancehall on a Saturday night. We will always have our neighbourhoods, our communities – we’ll always have each other.
SPIRIT OF ‘69.
WE HAVE OUR PRIDE. WE HAVE OUR RESPECT.
WE KNOW HOW TO FIGHT.
We’re proud to be British and Not in the way the politically correct think.
We love Jamaican street style. We love American soul music. We wear German boots. And I’ll tell you a secret…a lot of us used to be Mods.
Above all: WE LOVE THE MUSIC.
Trojan records, launched in 1968, becomes the symbol of the original skinhead movement. Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dub were outsider scenes that attracted working class outsider youth. They laid the foundations for all the British subcultures that followed.
The SKINS have never been more relevant. In a time when we are sold the lie that all working class people are racists, and that all cultural movements come from art school kids with professional parents – it’s time for the spirit of ‘69 to shine again.
Mods and Skinheads. The Mod movement has its roots in 1950’s London where the Italian Coffee shops were the meeting point for the Modernists listening to modern jazz. They acquired a taste for Italian inspired tailored fashion and Italian scooters. The Who and The Small Faces were typical of the bands that were popular with the Mods in the 1960s and they also picked up on the Ska music of the Jamaican Rude Boys.
A Mod revival in the 1970s saw The Jam rise to prominence together with the wave of two-tone bands including The Beat, The Specials and The Selector. Sharing many of the sartorial and musical tastes of the Mods the Skinheads were rooted in British working-class culture. Associated with violence on the football terraces and extremism in the 1980’s the Skinhead culture was much maligned. Recognition of their cultural influence and their musical taste (the true skinhead love of Reggae, Dancehall and Ska) is often overlooked.
Our Mods and Skinhead selection covers Mod Art by Paul “Smiler” Anderson, Mod: A Very British Phenomenon and I Just Can’t Stop It, the story of Rankin Roger in The Beat. Skinhead by Nick Knight, the classic Skins by Gavin Watson and Young, Gifted and Black: The Story of Trojan Records.
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