Who Am I?

Born in 1964, I grew up in Northern England, so I was in my early teens when the Punk explosion found its way to my home town. I liked the energy and rebellion, but not the ripped clothes and spitting. I heard about a band called The Jam who had played a gig at Seaburn Hall, which some older lads had seen and kept talking about, and after some quick research I thought they were about right for me. Cool, spikey haircuts, black suits, skinny ties, power-pop, high-energy music … what’s not to like?

I started to emulate their style, which gave me a starting point in the search for that identity which so many young teens are seeking – a way to belong but at the same time be individual. I didn’t even realize at the time that in doing so I was entering not the world of Punk, which was already giving way to the more palatable ‘New Wave’, but on my way to becoming the first Mod in my school.


That was well over three decades ago. My own style and music preferences have changed and evolved during the intervening years, but have never strayed too far from some of the ideas I adopted as a skinny clueless kid from those eminently cool ethereal stylists of the early sixties who I read about and tried to emulate all those years ago.

With a bit more disposable income today than I had from working a milk round, the search continues for the perfect lapel roll on a three-button jacket, the exact patina on a pair of calf leather shoes, and the magic when it all comes together. Stick around if you want to see how the journey progresses.

2 thoughts on “Who?

  1. Dear Rod,

    I’m a student in stage and costume design and I need to paint a figurine about mods.
    Therefore i am really happy about your blog as you provide very good insight into the topic!

    I’d be really thankful if you agreed to answer me some short questions:

    Can you tell me something about female mods? Was there any and if so, how did they dress?

    I would also like to now, how the parental generation of the late 70s reacted on the mods.
    Was it a provocation to them, did they understand it or where they maybe mods themselves in the 60s?

    I red that you were the first mod in your school. Where you disappointed not to be the only one later, what was more important to you, the group membership or individualism?

    Finally I’d like to know if you can recommend any films (besides quadrophenia), documentarys or books about the topic?

    I already thank you very much, your blog really helped me.
    Greetings from Germany, Elisabeth


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