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The Soul Stylists: Six Decades of Modernism - From Mods to Casuals

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With the use of personal testimonies of both the famous and the unknown,this book seeks to establish the link between the two key elements of Modernism today—American rhythm and blues and British working-class fashion. It follows the transition of musical styles from London in the late 1950s, with the black American servicemen and their love of bebop, through the sharply d ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Mainstream Publishing (first published 2001)
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Michael Greig
Jul 10, 2014 Michael Greig rated it liked it
More of a collection of quotes and interviews held together with some addendum and adjunct from Hewitt. Suited me as I have a particular interest in British subcultures and men's fashion.
Paul Smith
Sep 11, 2012 Paul Smith rated it it was amazing
A sartorial history of the working class is not a new concept, and while this is more of a collection of reminiscences than a straightforward social history it is excellently done, with the verve and snappy pacing that is Hewitt's trademark. Of particular interest is the attention given to Casual culture, which is usually written off as a passing fad among football hooligans. Here, it is shown in its true light, as a complex and sophisticated culture, unique for its northern origins and the fact ...more
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Jan 20, 2014 Deedee Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book and the preface by Paul Weller. The Soul Stylist:Six Decades of Modernism, for me, was like is a pair leather soul shoes and a slippery floor to grove on. Hewitt nails it, the origins of Mod and Northern Souler culture and the influence of American black music, reggae's influence on SKA and Skinheads (the original Skins: anti-racist, working class), and the secret circle of people in the know sweating the nights away while the needle touched the record. Hewitt exposes cultures th ...more
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Paolo Hewitt was born on July 11, 1958 in Redhill, Surrey, England.

Paolo Hewitt is a former NME journalist and author of over 20 books, including, with Mark Baxter, The Fashion of Football (Mainstream), Oasis... There and Then (1996), Outside Bet (2012) and Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion (2011)
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