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99,944.  When they do ride out, the machine they use marks their faith.  For the Mods it’s a scooter.  In the rain they cover up their elegant clothing; their rivals, the Rockers, look the same in any weather … a motorbike can do a ton to a scooter’s fifty.  Panorama: Mods & Rockers, April 1964  

 

99,945.  ‘You stay up all night, you just gotta take ‘em [Purple Hearts] to keep awake.  Twenty to thirty.’  ibid.     

 

 

18,737.  In the 1960s some British youths had embraced a well-heeled fashion trend calling themselves Mods.  They wore stylish Italian suits and drove Vespa scooters.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  Gangland: Hate Nation 

 

 

18,738.  To some the sixties will always be being a Mod or a Rocker.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  Suggs, Teen Spirit: The Mods and the Rockers

 

18,739.  The Mods: clean-cut sharp-looking threads, listening to soul, ska and some of the greatest British pop music ever made, riding about on their Lambrettas and Vespas.  The Rockers with their leather jackets, jeans, greased-back hair, tearing around on their powerful motor-bikes to the soundtrack of American rock n roll.  Needless to say, there wasn’t much love lost between them.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,740.  Unfortunately, a lot of people remembers the Mods and Rockers solely for the bank-holiday scuffles at the seaside.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,741.  Being a Mod meant dressing well in fancy clobber.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,742.  Carnaby Street – it was right here in the heart of London that so many came to buy the latest Mod gear.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,743.  The loose-fitting hooded Parka – how did they factor into the neat, sharp look of the Mod?  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,744.  Rockers: theirs was a world of leather jackets, jeans and transport cafes.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,745.  The bikers were a noisy powerful symbol of all the rockers stood for.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,746.  Rockers were just as comfortable hanging on the back of a Gold Star.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,747.  For the wider public these coffee-bar cowboys were an intimidating threat to society, which wasn’t always the case.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,748.  The Ace Cafe on the North Circular road in London.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,749.  The soundtrack to their lives were also poles apart.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,750.  What really revved them up was some good old fashioned rock n roll.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,751.  Courtesy of the British press it soon became Mods versus Rockers.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,752.  Clacton-on-Sea Easter 1964 ... Mods and Rockers knocked lumps out of each other.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,753.  Guess what – the Mods and the Rockers didn’t destroy British society.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,754.  Flower Power was a long way from the Mods and the Rockers.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

18,755.  A lot of good memories and lasting influences came out of it.  (Gangstas: Mods & 1960s & Motorbikes & England)  ibid.

 

 

20,330.  Riot Police Fly To Seaside: Battle of Hastings – 18 Arrested.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Riot)  Quadrophenia 1979 starring Phil Daniels & Mark Wingett & Leslie Ash & Philip Davis & Sting & Toyah Willcox & Ray Winstone & Gary Shail & Michael Elphick et al, director Franc Roddam, newspaper cutting

 

20,331.  I never realised you was a rocker.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods)  ibid.  Jimmy to Kevin

 

20,332.  Jimmy’s Mum:  Running about on them motorbikes all hours of the night I’m not surprised.  It’s not normal.  

 

Jimmy:  Oh yeah, what’s normal then?  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Motorbike)  ibid.

 

20,333.  It isn’t the bikes, is it; it’s the people.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Motorbike)  ibid.  Jimmy to Kevin

 

20,334.  You gotta be somebody ain’t ya?  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods)  ibid.

 

20,335.  You’ve got to be part of a gang, haven’t ya?  Eh?  You’ve got to be a Mod or this or that.  I mean haven’t you got a mind of your own?  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods)  ibid.  Jimmy’s Dad

 

20,336.  We are the Mods, We are the Mods, We are, we are, we are the Mods.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Riot)  ibid.  gang-handed along promenade

 

20,337.  These long-haired mentally unstable petty little hoodlums.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Insult)  ibid.  Magistrate to mob

 

20,338.  You can take that mail and that franking machine and all that other rubbish I have to go about with and you can stuff em right up your ass.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Job & Resign)  ibid.  Jimmy to boss

 

20,339.  I ain’t mad you know.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Mad)  ibid.  Jimmy to Steph

 

20,340.  You’ve killed me scooter.  (GBH Film & Gangstas: Mods & Motorbike)  ibid.  Jimmy to Post Office bloke

 

 

46,965.  And the two worlds met: with the Mods, a tribe of working class kids, who liked nothing better than a good scrap with the greasy older Rockers.  The house band of the Mods were The Who led by art student Pete Townsend.  (Pop Music & Gangstas: Mods & Riots)  Pop Britannia: A Well Respected Man

 

 

18,449.  This was Britain's first introduction to the presence of two warring factions: the Mods and the Rockers.  It proved just the beginning.  Trouble flared again at Whitsun, the late spring bank holiday.  This time in Brighton, Margate and Bournemouth.  And continued throughout the summers as other towns saw similar skirmishes.  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  Timeshift: Mods, Rockers and Bank Holiday Mayhem, BBC 2014

 

18,450.  Style was central to the Mod world ... It was a whole way of life and a departure from the past.  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.

 

18,451.  But at the same time there was another group of working-class youth loudly asserting themselves – the Rockers.  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.

 

18,452.  ‘The ton-up boys set off ... To wind and weave, and often to be a menace.’  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.  public information film

 

18,453.  It was British motorbikes that were at the centre of their world.  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.

 

74,200.  Carnaby Street went Mod ... Music went Mod.  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.

 

74,201.  They had much in common.  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.

 

74,202.  ‘It was a good time to be young.’  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  ibid.  female rocker

 

 

74,203.  One Mod said, ‘We were trying to get away from the Council estates, the pits and the factories – all that cloth-cap bullshit.’  (Gangstas: Mods & England & Motorbike & 1960s)  Richard Weight, author A Very British Style

 

 

131,467.  Mod music, Mod style, and Mod attitude have always fascinated me … I’ve been digging in Mods’ history.  Bradley Wiggins on Mods, Sky Arts 2019

 

131,468.  ‘We are the Mods, We are the Mods, We are we are we are the Mods.’  ibid.  Quadrophenia

 

131,469.  Set in the 60s, Quadrophenia is the story of Jimmy’s attempts to escape the monotony of ordinary life by being a Mod.  It’s a world of music, clothes and camaraderie.  ibid.  

 

131,470.  ‘Well I don’t wanna be the same of everybody else.  That’s why I’m a Mod, see.’  ibid.  Quadrophenia, Jimmy

 

131,471.  In 1974 this tribal consciousness would manifest in a less positive way … The two clans were destined to collide at the British seaside … Most of the original Mods I’ve spoken to reckon it was all exaggerated.   ibid.  

 

131,472.  Mod not only went nationwide but global.  ibid.    

 

131,473.  Carnaby Street: the most famous shopping street in the world.  (Mods & Street)  ibid.

 

131,474.  By the middle of 1967 edgy urban Mod made way for softer flower power.  But Mod wasn’t dead, it was just sleeping, and a decade later it would wake up with a bang: The Jam.  ibid.