By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 2 comments


There’s one of those wonderful Friday night BBC4 documentaries that tells the tale of how, over half a century ago, in the spring of 1964, simmering rivalries between Mods and Rockers reached a flashpoint as they clashed repeatedly over holiday weekends on seaside piers and promenades across the country.  And it it all kicked-off (so to speak) over the Easter weekend in Clacton-On-Sea, south-east England.


But that was merely only a warm-up for what dramatically escalated into a series of troubled holiday weekends to follow, with the Brighton Whitsun clash being the most notorious, thanks to sensational headlines and its immortalisation in the Mod flick Quadrophenia – based on Pete Townshend’s  second rock opera, released  in October 1973, that was The Who’s homage to the Mod youth culture that so religiously followed and supported the group.


Quadrophenia has stood the test of time as being the essential document of Mod culture – the incendiary movement of the early-’60s that revolved around music, fashion, drugs and Italian Vespa and Lambretta scooters.  Forty some years after the release of the album (which subsequently was made into the above cult movie in 1979), many still live the dream by donning a khaki parka and bedecking a scooter with mirrors and lights, such as this Mod pensioner I discovered recently in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street. 


I just hope that in his travels around the country on his scooter, as he relives his youth, he manages to stay clear of the cliff at Beachy Head


Leica M3 & 2/50mm Summicron

B+W Yellow Filter

Sekonic L 308-S

Ilford FP4+ (200)

Xtol (1+1 – 12min)

Plustek 7600i & Vuescan



  • Smells like Graham Greene...
    Brighton Rock 1947,
    Brighton Rock 2010 Helen Mirren was so damn Alluring in Dress & Demeanor ... Sexy in her sixties !

    Love that scooter, want it. Even though I don't even know how to Drive ... Let alone a License

  • Love this one, John! Cheers from Seattle.