About

About Soul and Mod

Jayne Thomas, Scarborough CCI Mod Rally, May 1987.
Scarborough CCI Mod Rally, May 1987. Photo kind permission of Julie Radcliffe.

Soul and Mod website’s primary focus is to discuss varying topics and aspects associated with Mod subculture as well as Soul music. It also provides a directory and events section where those within these communities are able to advertise their services and events.

The idea for the site began because of my love for Soul and Mod music. This originated and has continued from the 1980s, when I was a Mod girl. Influencing my choice to write this site was also the engagement with like minded friends on social media and associated events. Equally also friends, some I have known for many years. Friends who have a continuing and likewise passion for Mod subculture and Soul music.

Jayne Thomas August 2016
August 2016

Over the past 30+ years many aspects related to Mod continues to stay with me. An old friend of mine, from those years back in the 1980s made a simple statement. However one which was totally accurate and profound. “Mod is engrained within you”. One which I am sure many can relate to who have or continue to be part of the Mod scene.

This does not only apply to music from my perspective either. Within it are my continuing love of the origins of style and clothing, as well as literature and cinema associated with it. Examples of the bob hairstyle being one, along with my love affair of Kitchen sink realism! As well as my fondness for nostalgia, which my friends and family, I know will certainly agree with!

My career background began in science, where I have experience of writing and publishing in scientific journals. However for over a decade I have developed, written and continue to manage an advertising website along with my partner.

Acknowledgements

Jayne ThomasI would like to dedicate this site to all those who have encountered and connected with me throughout my journey in the past three decades. Those who have inspired me and introduced me to the ever evolving theme of  Soul and Mod.

Whether this be music, style, books, cinema or events. Also to those friendships along the way, many which continue up to today. However also as equally as important, to those who were there with me at the beginning of my journey and to those who have been there at the end. You know who you all are. Special thanks to one friend who was there continuing to make me smile on the dullest of days, throughout the Summer of 2017 whilst writing & developing this site … You know who you are.

A special thanks also to ; Paul J Hallam, Gill Evans Catling, Scarlett Baylis and Julie Radcliffe, for their kind permission of the use of their personal photographs. Rob Cox, Tony Beesley  and  Alan Handscombe-McGrath for their time, to provide interviews.

 

A sincere and heartfelt thanks for their ongoing encouragement, help and unwavering support to ; Em, Tony Beesley, Vanessa Beesley, Vicky Richmond, Jason Taylor, John Beverley and my parents Linda and Don. I really could’nt have done this without any of you.

In Memory Of

Tony Class, Joanne Richardson (nee Gilfoyle), Gillian HaighCollette Rigby (nee Clannachan), Kevin (Mugsy) Morgans and Colin Buckley. Gone but never forgotten.