Website Links of Further Interest
NOW AVAILABLE MOD AUTHOR JOHN KNIGHT'S NEW NOVEL:
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The drug fueled all-night Mod dance scene of the Sixties is the backdrop to a secret love. Soul music the soundtrack to this intense love affair.
You're never too young to fall in love. Some things are just meant to be. A wink outside church one Sunday brings Fiona "Effy" Halloran into James "Mack" MacKinnon's life. It's 1964 in the West Riding of Yorkshire For the two fifteen year olds the next two years will prove a test of their love and devotion to one another.
Growing up is never easy, nor is being young and in love. When Effy's sister Caitlin becomes pregnant by Mack's brother the lives of their families collide. Dealing with a feuding family, itself divided by religious zeal, becomes a serious obstacle for the young lovers. Separated by circumstances can their love for one another survive?
Over time Mack and Effy learn the truth about their respective families because secrets never stay secret forever.
Jimmy Mack - Some Kind of Wonderful is the first of a series of novels set in Bradford and Halifax between 1964 and 1969 involving the twosome and their friends. Parallel interweaving novels in the same time period are in the process of being written.
John Knights website can be viewed here
Soul & Mod is an extremely highly recommended site for all those of a mod and related persuasion is the following one created and hosted by Mojo Talkin' contributor Jayne Thomas.
Covering a wealth of themes and subjects from mod rally tape compilations to DJs, soul & r&b artists features and a delightful and insightful look at the classic Kitchen Sink Dramas of the sixties - many of which would surely have seen curious viewings among many original mods. There is also an up-to-date events section. Go to the Soul & Mod site here
Talented photographer, Stuart Goodwin - who has photographed 100s of live performances from popular mod acts (including Secret Affair, The Spitfires, The Moment, Deep Six & more and whose high quality live shots of The Spitfires feature within Mojo Talkin' - see photo left) - will soon be setting up an official website for his work: in the meantime, here is his facebook page if you require any photos taken of your band or anything related.
The superb book Hanging Around Musicians author, Gareth Ashton has an interesting site/blog and regular updates on his activity hanging out with members of punk bands such as The Damned [pictured with ex-Damned drummer, Rat Scabies left], Undertones, Wah's Pete Wylie and others, along with info on his forthcoming second book. The fact-filled site also contains other book reviews such as the excellent Viv Albertine biography Clothes, Music, Boys and titles such as An Oral History of Reggae etc. Theres also a very interesting article on Manchester's legendary punk era venue The Electric Circus. Check it all out here
Ian Pople's interesting website theacousticeggbox [click link here] is an eclectic insight into music and associated themes. With live reviews of popular soul artists such as P.P Arnold, album reviews of the likes of Andy Lewis and others, along with other features such as yearly Top 20 albums round-ups, its a site well worth visiting.
Mojo Talkin' contributor, David Pottinger (pictured left with his copy of the book), has a superb blog site that includes reviews, updates on all mod related subjects & much more & is titled Move On Up - go to this link to view.
One of the best & most positive mod related groups over on facebook is Looking Back, [click title], hosted by Paul Martin (pictured left with his copy of Mojo Talkin'). Packed with regular posts of top quality tunes from those that really know their [green] onions from their stick of Brighton Rock!