45 rpm

The Kids are Alright


2016.  The Cooper Gallery.  September through October.


Re-visiting my early years of music and art influences; the mod scene - parkas, scooters, Fred Perry, Ben Sherman, Levi sta-prest, loafers.  The music was always extraordinary - the advent of soul labels; Tamla Motown, Kent, Okeh, Stateside, Stax.  Bands; The Small Faces, The Who, The Kinks, Amen Corner, and one of my favourite albums; Quadrophenia.


The fashion and music of the mod subculture hasn't changed much over the years. Kids (of all ages) still wear parkas, scooters are still popular.  The appeal of the music has never diminished; bands such as The Jam, and the modfather Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Oasis, have all carried the mantle of mod into the 21st Century.  The Northern Soul scene is still as popular as ever.  


With all this in mind the BROOKESart team got to work and 45rpm was born.


Keep the Faith



 The 6 stages of the 45 rpm logo



45 rpm 












The evolution of mod. 

From the Beano to the NME......






































Soul Labels: Tamla, Decca, Brunswick, Stateside















You can't get better than a red Brookbretta


One of the main attractions of 45 rpm was the Brookbretta Challenge.  Visitors are invited to adorn the parka and helmet, mount the Brookbretta and adopt the Scooter Kid stance; be the Scooter Kid.


Have your photo taken, or take your own and post on Facebook or Twitter and tag in the Gallery.  The best photo chosen weekly, will win a Scooter Kid print.


Even that cheeky Pokemon has left his Pokestop to have a go.





The Incredible Adventures of Skateboard Kid



These two fine chaps were winners of week 3 of the Brookbretta Challenge




The artist meets the winners



The Modessey












The Queen of The Scene

























MOTARN - Hitsville South Yorkshire





This Week's MOTARN Top Ten..


The Hitsville South Yorkshire MOTARN record label is proud to present:


1.    This Ol' Tart O' Mine - The Ardsley Brothers

2.    Do Ah Love Thi (Tha Reyt, Ah Do) - Stan Wilson and the Snakes

3.    Arr Lass - The Tarntations

4.    What Becomes of the Silent Farters - Jimmy Guffin

5.    Needle In a Pitstack -  The Coalvillettes

6.    I Heard It After Closing Time - Martin Grey

7.    There's Some Coyle In Arr House - Arr Dean, Taylor

8.    Ah Want Thi Back - The Kingstone 5

9.    Vinyl Love - Sally & The Hearbeats





Broken Brookenbacker



Who......oops!  Some musicians have been known to destroy their instruments during performances.  Here's one that was salvaged from the Rock n' Roll scrapheap














The Hottest Ticket In Tarn


Iron Man


The Jam at the Civic Hall


Hot Ticket



Watching Weller


Pick A Rick











The Big 'Un





C30 C60 C90




Get Thi' Sen Back - The Beatles at Butterfields








Fred, Oo?, Red White & Blue, Old School Tie






His n' Hers - Love Amongst the Sand Dunes




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