Tonight: The Original Mods

Ahead of‘s Original Mods event at the Horse & Groom, London EC2, we thought we’d hip you to some rare images of a couple of tonight’s participants to show how the 59-62 Modernists developed as the years progressed.


//Lloyd Johnson, Maria Nilsson, Patrick Cockell, 1966. Photo: Sebastian Keep//

Above left is Lloyd Johnson in 1966 with Maria Nilsson and Patrick Cockell, with whom he opened the Kensington Market shop Cockell & Johnson in 1968.

“I’m wearing my first Granny Takes A Trip shirt, which cost £4-14/6d (or as they preferred it, 4 1/2 gns),” says Lloyd.

Pat Cockell’s shirt is also Granny’s – the pair were supplying ties to the King’s Road store, and received them in part payment.

“I was encouraging Patrick to grow his hair and side-boards, so gave him a high parting and back-combed the back,” adds Lloyd, whose own hair has just grown out after being cropped to an all-over one-inch length the year before.


//The Who with Jeff Dexter watching from the side, The Oval cricket ground, south London, 1971//

And here’s a couple of Jeff Dexter with superstars of the 70s who sprang from the mod milieu. Above there’s JD watching The Who headline a bill at The Oval in south London in 1971; he was the main DJ that day and donned his cricket whites (complete with pads) to mark the occasion.

Below that’s Jeff on the left enjoying a jolly-up with pals including his close personal friend Marc Bolan in 1970.


//JD (left) with Marc Bolan and pals, 1970. Pic: Keith Morris/Redferns//

I’ll be moderating this evening’s event which also features contributions from Mickey Modern and Jeff’s dancing partner from back in the day, Dena “Dynamite” Sprigens.

We’re hoping they’ll show us how it’s done after the chat, which starts at 8.30. JD is also DJing along with Hugh from Shindig, Benoit & Namedrop and Jonny 5.

Entry is free so come on down – it’s gonna be a good night!

Will Birch said,

November 12, 2009 @ 8:01 pm

Wish I could be there, maybe next time. That’s the dude from America (whom JD managed I think) with M Bolan – wonder if this too was Oval 1971? I went to that show – Mott, Faces; Cochise; America; The Who – v good. Love the Lloyd Johnson shot. W.

rockpopfashion said,

November 15, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

Modculture forum discussion on the night here:

I am a “scruffy tvvat (sic)” and “a fecking tramp who shouldn’t be allowed near a mod do” apparently.

This no doubt from somebody who might as well be a medieval battle reconstructionist.

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