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Every Samantha Kidd book requires a decent amount of research into a specific element of the style/fashion world, and STARK RAVING MOD was no different. There were plenty of rabbit holes to fall down! Here are a few, plus the story behind some of the easter eggs in the book. xo, Diane

SPY STUFF:

60's Secret Agent Movies - IMDb

The 1960s: Spies and Spying - Cold War

London's Cold War Spy Locations - robslondon.com

MOD MOVIES:

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THE PEBBLE AND THE BOY

QUADROPHENIA

THIS IS ENGLAND

JOHN SIMONS: A MODERNIST

Lambert & stamp

MODS AND ROCKERS HISTORY: 

BBC ON THIS DAY | 18 | 1964: Mods and Rockers jailed after seaside riots

Brighton Mod Weekender 2022 - Modculture

Brighton History: Whitsun 1964 - Battle of Brighton

MOD FASHION/STYLE:

1960s Fashion - Mod Fashion

Mod Blazer I Men's vintage retro mod blazers jacket for men (modfashiongs.com)

Stonetail M-1951 Fishtail Parka | M51 Parka

ATOM RETRO

BARACUTA JACKET

REQUIRED READING: ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS

Lambretta Vs Vespa - ScooterNova

All Mod Icon Special Edition - Modculture

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion: Marilyn Lewis: Designer of Cardinali

The Complete Guide To Mod Fashion | FashionBeans

 

Paul Weller's most stylish moments | British GQ | British GQ (gq-magazine.co.uk)

EASTER EGGS:

Samantha creates a folder of fake clues for Carl Collins. In the book it says: 

"Born in a town called Malice. Suffered from Quadrophenia. Collected Eton rifles and butterflies. Leads: David Watts? Irish Jack? Uncle Ernie? Skaface? Paul Weller in the library with the lead pipe?

Here's a breakdown of those clues: 

"A Town Called Malice" is a song by the Jam

Quadrophenia: Movie that depicts mods vs. rockers clash

"Eton Rifles" is a song by the Jam

"Butterfly Collector" is a song by the Jam

"David Watts" is a song by the Jam

Irish Jack is the real-life person said to be the inspiration behind Quadrophenia

Uncle Ernie: bad guy in the Who's Tommy rock opera

Skaface: silly mash-up of Ska and Scarface

Paul Weller: lead singer of the Jam

...in the library with the lead pipe: my favorite room and weapon from Clue

Shortly thereafter she finds herself back at the Boyd Brighton auction. Here's a breakdown of the music equipment being auctioned off: 

1961 Epiphone Wilshire solid body electric guitar: symmetrical cutaway body was only produced in the Gibson factory between 1961 and 1962 in very small quantities

1967 Sunn amplifiers: used by the Who

"a couple of home-built guitars that looked like a high school shop project": Roger Daltry said he built the Who's guitars out of plywood

a Vox AC-15 amplifier with cabinet corners: also used by members of the Who in 1962-1963.

a natural blond Model 325 Rickenbacker with a Kauffman vibrato: this is the guitar John Lennon used on all Beatles albums and concerts until 1964. (It was painted black at one point).