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Mod Ghosts


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15 reviews for Mod Ghosts

  1. Cris Davies

    A fantastic read, Andy takes us on a journey through the halcyon days of the 80’s Mod scene. fantastic photos and great contributions from fellow Mods of the day. a real trip down memory lane. A must buy for all lovers of the sub-culture of Mod. Well done A****

  2. Mods Of Your Generation

    Mod Ghosts a first book by new author Andy Morling who grew up in a working class family in the Suffolk market town of Ipswich.
    This book resonated with me in so many ways, it is a detailed account from many people who grew up in urban Britain featuring first hand accounts from the people who influenced a Mod Revival together with period and present day photographs. The book explains each individuals account on discovering how mod changed there outlook on life, How it shaped their existence and identity. Showing how it lead them from young teenagers into adulthood. Each persons interpretation of mod is different and it means something different to many who attach themselves to the phenomenon. Each persons account is different but it doesn’t mean its not mod. The book also highlights the places these people grew up in and how modern Britain has changed somewhat forty years on. The thing most interesting thing about the book is how the subculture affected people in many different ways and the different experiences each individual had growing up in the respective hometowns across the UK.

    As mod continues to evolve and many young people discover the scene today each person brings their own adaptation. Despite the book being called “Mod Ghosts” the subculture has stood the test of time were others have faded.
    I highly recommend this book and its definitely something you need as part of your collection. This book is everything I want to say about mod but don’t have the intelligence, intellect, and vocabulary to explain.

  3. Rafa Diez de Rivera

    What we really have here is a true love letter to “mod”, but Andy smartly (could there be another way?) eschews the risks of writing such letters, ie, that unbridled sentimentality ruins what you try to convey. For one, Andy’s too good a writer (and a thinker) to fall into that trap, and moreover, he wisely embroiders his feelings into a wonderful (and in true mod spirit, original) idea.

    He talks about mod at large, but also lets the images speak for themselves, and they do so powerfully. There lies the core and the true beauty of this book for me: the past/present dialogue that Andy considers along these pages isn’t just fascinating in itself, but hugely moving, even for someone like me that wasn’t there. I think this is essential reading for anybody remotely interested in mod or even the 80s, but especially poignant for people that lived the revival era in UK. If you were there and this leaves you cold, you’re soulless, pal. Well done indeed Andrew, I tip my hat to you, sir.

  4. Trotsky

    It arrived a few days ago and I put it on the side for when I had time to read it properly. This morning I started reading it and I’ve just finished. What a great book. So many times it felt like Andy had been in my head and was speaking my emotions and thoughts. “It is as important to look right on the journey as it is at the destination.”
    I’ve read lots of stuff about Mods but this was from the inside from someone like me growing up in normal streets and finding a home as a Mod just because it felt right. Very funny, warm and from the heart. Well done mate, you nailed it.
    If anyone hasn’t ordered their copy do yourself a favour and get one. You will hear yourself from back then and now and remember why we do this.

  5. Jan Kohlmorgen

    A great book! Highly recommended! Andy is not just describing the history of the Mod revival which we all know utterly well – and about which several books were already written – but he manages to put the feelings into words which went along with dicovering the world of Mod. I remember these emotions as if everything had happened only yesterday. While reading I constantly thought, that I was reading about my own teenage years. Very well done, Andy. Thank you for this book.

  6. Ed Silvester

    Having met Andy at his book signing last year, I can confirm that he is a true gentleman, and a real mod aficionado. His book, ‘Mod Ghosts’ looks at mod culture from a slightly different perspective, highlighting the many social and architectural changes that have taken place since those halcyon days of 1980’s street culture. The stories and anecdotes add real provenance to the many wonderful colour photos in this hardback edition. Andy also highlights the way many young mods pushed the boundaries of the law, especially with regard to riding scooters, and who seemingly got away with it at times. This is the beginning of a continuous Mod Project which will branch out into other art forms; painting, film & photography. The say Paul Weller is the Modfather, But, after reading his wonderfully written book, I can now describe Andy as the ‘Mod Stoic‘ of the modernist movement.


    Mod Ghosts,,,,, what can I say ? It must have been 18 months ago when author Andy Morling contacted me asking for permission to use some photos that I had collected over the period that was later to be known as the First Mod Revival,,, one thing lead to another and anecdotes followed,,,, I must admit to being a bit sceptical,,,, so imagine my surprise and delight when a copy of this wonderful book landed on my doormat just before Christmas, for my part that was known as a chapter simply called ‘Hastings’. Having collected quite a collection of books on the subject of Mod over the years, nothing compares to this. Often books like this are great to view but less easy to read. But Andy’s idea of mixing the what was, with a what is view, along with the interviewees contribution truly blends into a masterpiece. Take it from me, Andy must have at times risked life and limb to take a present day snap of what was, I know as I nearly lost a few toes when taking one particular photo for him 😂, All in all I feel very honoured to have been firstly considered for my contributions, but mainly to have them published,,,, Thank you Andy ❤️

  8. Billy Ddrinkwater

    Loved it,a totally different slant on the Mod culture from the revival period from all the books that have gone before.Great to see the photos from nearly 40 years ago against how it looks now.Fascinating to read about how Mod affected and shaped people in areas from all over the country,and how it has stayed with most of them through their adult life.Amazing how most of us went through the same highs and lows,not realising at the time that we were part of something special,an era of no internet or mobile phones……you had to live it,and Andy’s book capture this perfectly through the stories and great photos taken on dodgy old cameras.Great job Andy,a labour of love and you nailed it sir!

  9. Ridley

    A beautifully put together book that vividly details some ancient history that was all very new to me. Genuinely a great piece of writing that I really enjoyed reading. It’s Witty, informative and a worthy addition to anyones coffee table!

  10. Mark Le Gallez

    Andy tells it as it was. There is no revisionism, this is how we lived. A real account of mods in the 80s including the humour and the danger! yours, a Mod Ghost.

  11. Rob Chappell

    A great book. As an original mod in the 60s I found the stories of the contributors who were revivalists really interesting. There were certainly parallels between our era and theirs. Andy has put in a lot of work into this book both in both research into stories from that time and revisiting the places of the original photos. I was more than happy when Andy contacted me after seeing my photos for him to use them. The book is a must read for anyone who has ever been Mod.

  12. Ria

    Full of details and great pictures. If you are interested in Mod you have to read this.

  13. Brendan Farrell

    Such a brilliant book. It is without doubt the most Mod related book that I’ve read. Well done Andy and I can’t wait until your next book!

  14. Graeme Fayers

    So much is written about thriving mod scenes in UK cities it’s refreshing to read an account of the scene in other areas of the country, in particular Ipswich. Tales of clubs and pubs, local faces and meeting places. A well printed book that’s a credit to the author and the mod movement.

  15. Mike Mod.

    Crashingly boring and utterly pointless book that I binned after dragging myself thought about 10 pages. We see a photo of say an remarkable lay by or street and a few badly dressed ‘revivalist’ mods, then 40 years later the same lay by minus the mods, and yes its as you’d expect, a lay by.

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