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
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 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
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
The Jam at the Civic Hall