The Making of Quadrophenia by Simon Wells

SKU: BK-341 BOOK QUADROPHENIA

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The Making of Quadrophenia

 

“The Making of Quadrophenia is the definitive account of the making of Britain’s greatest youth movie.”

 

Forty years after Quadrophenia first hit the world’s cinema screens, its influence on popular culture can still be felt today. Following Jimmy the Mod in his search for identity against the backdrop of the May Bank Holiday riots of the 1960s, the film based on the classic album by The Who is widely regards as the finest example of a British youth movie. And, as the generation that saw it first time around now have teenagers of their own, Quadrophenia has become a glorious benchmark for their own youthful excesses, hopes, dreams and nostalgia.

The Making of Quadrophenia is illustrated throughout with behind-the-scenes photographs, and containing interviews and contributions from principal cast members, director Franc Roddam, producer Bill Curbishley, scriptwriter Martin Stellman and others involved in the creation of Quadrophenia.

If you’re interested in Mods and Skinhead, we also recommend: Mod Art by Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and I Just Can’t Stop It: My Life in the Beat by Ranking Roger and Daniel Rachel


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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