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For the diary: Motown at Proud Galleries in London

Monday, 14 April 2014 09:20:27 BST

Motown at Proud Galleries

It's not for a while yet, but you might want to make a note in your diary for Motown at Proud Galleries in London.

The exhibition, which is in conjunction with EMI, Bravado and Universal Music, celebrates the iconic label, with early images such as shots of artists on their first UK tour in 1964, taking in further images throughout that decade and into the 1970s.

Acts on display will include The Jackson 5, Diana Ross (presumably with the other Supremes), Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder for example, with this exclusive photography mixing portrait imagery with street photos and intimate shots, such as Marvin Gaye embracing his son.

It's said to be the first of a series of Motown exhibitions at Proud, celebrating 50 years of hit making (although the label is certainly a few years older than that). If you want to take in the first part of that, head to Proud at Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH between 14th May and 13th July. It will run Monday through to Sunday, 11am to 5pm, entry being free.

Keep an eye on the Proud website for more details.

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Manchester's got soul: The Hideaway Club returns in May

Thursday, 10 April 2014 16:34:07 BST

If you aren't familiar with Manchester's Hideaway Club, then you really should make up for that on Saturday 31st May.

The club was a regular from 1999 in the city, taking a fairly short sabbatical before returning last year with much the same formula. That's essentially the sound of the original 1960s mod club scene, early R&B, club soul and ska being the order of the day. Many have copied the formula since, but the Hideaway still does it the best and still very much under the radar.

If you find yourself with some free time on 31st May, head Upstairs at The Nags Head, Lloyd Street, off Deansgate in city centre Manchester for the free daytime sessions (12 - 5pm) with DJs, record stalls and clothing sales (plus food and drink obviously).

Alternatively, the main event runs from 9pm - 2:30am, with residents Neil Henderson and Mike Warburton joined by Mike Hawkins (Down in the Basement Manchester), Andrew Miller (Manchester collector) and Bill Kealy (For Dancers Only Dublin). £5 gets you on for that. Don't forget your dancing shoes.

If you can't make that one, another event is planned for later in the summer.

The Hideaway Club
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Going out: Modstock in London - 50 years of mod

Wednesday, 9 April 2014 13:31:30 BST

Not quite sure how anyone can pinpoint mod to a particular year in the 1960s (not least because it had its roots in the 1950s), but it seems that the year mod went overground in 1964 is the year selected, which means the upcoming Modstock is a celebration of 50 years of mod.

The event promises to cover mod in all its incarnations, offering clubs, live music, shopping, scooter, a fashion show, a selection of movies, a riverboat trip and more in the capital, specifically over the Easter bank holiday weekend. That's right, not long off, so perhaps get those tickets and hotels sorted now.

In terms of the music, that kicks off with mod revival act Secret Affair (plus support) on the Thursday, a Motown revue on the Friday with the Velvelettes and Brenda Holloway, some Small Faces classics with original mender Kenney Jones and friends on Saturday (plus Eddie Phillips of The Creation) and a Sunday night with Les Cappuccino and The Mergers. Guest clubs over the weekend include The Boiler, RNB 123, Mousetrap and Crossfire.

It's pretty much a one-step shop for mod, so if that's your thing, it's probably a no-brainer and a good chance to mix with like-minded folk. Tickets vary in price depending on how long you can stay, but as a guide, a three-day weekend ticket (not including the riverboat) comes in a £59. You can pay individually for events and pay on the door - but note that some events might sell out.

You can get your tickets here

Mod Stock in London
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It's been in production for years and delayed at least a couple of times for various reasons. But finally, this month sees the release of Mods – The New Religion! book by Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson on Omnibus Press.

It's being billed as the ultimate book on the 1960s mod scene, covering around 304 pages and 122,000 words, which perhaps gives you a fair idea of the detail here. Within those pages, you'll find interviews with first-generation mods from all over Britain, their fashions, their clubs, their lifestyle. Not just another book on the London mod scene, which is definitely a bonus.

The book also features the bands and musicians of the day, the movers in the fashion world and some of the rarest ephemera from the original scene. The likes of rare record labels, club membership cards, posters and handbills, plus never before seen photos of Rod Stewart, The Small Faces, Steve Ellis, David Bowie and many more.

If the book lives up to the hype, it should be the must-have book on mod (alongside the Richard Barnes Mods book, obviously). If you want it, the book is out on 14th April 2014, selling for just under £20 at Amazon

New Religion
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Vintage Glasgow returns for 2014

Monday, 7 April 2014 17:19:03 BST

Brush off your vintage clobber and if you have some, your vintage transport too. That's because Vintage Glasgow has just been confirmed for 2014.

After a sell-out event last year, it was inevitable really, so make a note in your diary for Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, which just happens to be the first weekend of the Commonwealth Games too. So booking accommodation early might be an idea.

Get that (and the tickets) sorted and you can look forward to an event showcasing British music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from the 1920s to the 1980s. That includes northern soul sounds at the Soul Casino with Eddie Piller, the Charleston Brunch with Snowboy for 1920s vibes, Let It Rock for '50s rock 'n' roll and R&B, The Torch club for mid-20th century sounds and Vintage Spins The Commonwealth, with DJs travelling the Commonwealth nations for cool dancefloor sounds.

If that's not enough, you can check out the vintage hair and beauty salon, the vintage marketplace, food stalls, fashion, film, art and much much more. In fact, if you have a vintage car (pre-89), you can also take part in the classic car boot sale too.

Tickets are available now, with prices depending on what you want to take part in (and if you want to camp). See the site for all the details and you know what? I might see you there.

Vintage Glasgow
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If you didn't know, Record Store Day is coming up on Saturday 19th April. There's a website dedicated to it, which show all the releases coming up. But one has caught our eye.

Elaine Constantine's Northern Soul movie has been talked about for months and has had limited previews. But the movie is finally set for a full release this summer. When it does, it promises a killer northern soul soundtrack (as you would expect), with a couple of tracks off it being released on good old fashioned vinyl for RSD 2014.

That single is released via the Harmless label, containing James Fountain's classic 'Seven Day Lover' from 1970, coupled with The Montclair’s 'Hung Up On Your Love' from a couple of years later and a heavy spin at the Blackpool Mecca back in the day.

Getting one is the hard bit, as this release is limited to just 1,000 copies worldwide, which will only be available to buy at participating Record Store Day stores (which are listed on the official site). You might need to set the alarm too, as releases tend to be swept up early by collectors. Probably worth it though, as this should be something of a collector's item in years to come.

When we get details of the full release of Northern Soul, we'll obviously let you know.

Rare Soul
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Going out: Classic mod sounds at Crawdaddy! in London

Thursday, 3 April 2014 12:15:20 BST

Looking for some classic mod-friendly sound in the capital? Look no further than Crawdaddy!, which is returning for another monthly night on Friday 18th April.

Regular DJs Gary and Lucienne will be playing the usual floorfilling mix of northern soul, Tamla Motown, 60s R&B, mod, Two Tone and ska, with room to dance on that modern-day rarity, a wooden dance floor. Oh yes, cheapest drinks in the area too apparently.

The DJs will be joined this month by guest DJ Danny Watkins, ex of the Mean Fiddler (in the late 80s), the Powerhaus and Britpop night Supersonic at the Crossbar, not to mention currently spinning at the London mod, soul and ska night Sidewinder.

£3 gets you through the door, with the night held at the Fiddler's Elbow, 1 Malden Road, London NW5 3HS. If you want to know more, give them a follow on their Facebook page. Oh yes, don't forget to look your best. As if you would.

Going Out
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Get inspired: Denim Style by Horst A. Friedrichs

Wednesday, 2 April 2014 09:19:37 BST

With Brutus jeans making a comeback, it seems like the perfect time for Denim Style by Horst A. Friedrichs to hit the shelves.

If the author's name is familiar, that's perhaps down to him being being the I'm One: 21st Century Mods book from back in 2009. This time, Friedrichs is looking at denim and the way it is currently being worn in the streets.

Indeed, Friedrichs has scoured the streets of London looking for the 'most interesting and exciting' examples of denim, resulting in a book packed with images of those obsessed with their denim and obsessed by the way it should be worn. You'll not find a pair of supermarket jeans here.

If you can't quite get it right or just need a few new ideas on how to wear a classic, this 176-page might be just what you need. Published by Prestel, it's available on Amazon in hardback format for £17.99.

Denim Style
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David Walker

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 09:24:43 BST

I'm David Walker and I'll be taking the reigns of the Brutus blog for the foreseeable future. What can you expect? I honestly can't say, but it should be fun finding out.

In general terms, you can probably expect a mix of classic and heritage style, new bands with a vintage vibe, some tips on upcoming club nights, film, TV, books, perhaps the odd competition and giveaway and just maybe, an insight to the Brutus past, present and future. If you have an interest in the mod, skinhead and soul scene, there should be plenty for you too.

Why me? Another good question. Perhaps because all of the above is something of a passion. Some of you might know me from the likes of the Modculture and Retro To Go sites, both of which I own and run. With that in mind, I probably have as much of an insight into the mod scene (and related scenes) as anyone right now.

But I'm also a Brutus fan. Even before the label was resurrected I was always on the lookout for vintage Brutus shirts, with some local vintage store owners putting away any Brutus 'finds' for me should be drop by. Ok, some of the collars might have been a bit 'much' at times, but I bought them anyway. I might even upload a few photos when I get chance,

The return of the label has been a good news story too and knowing the people behind it (the same family that introduced the label all those years ago), I know it''s in good hands and will be for years to come.

But enough about me. After this, it will be all about the blog, which I'll try to update each and every weekday. So bookmark it, add to your reader or hook up with the social networks if you want to keep updated. You've read this far, so I'm guessing you do.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013 11:53:56 BST

Astren was born in Birmingham but grew up in the backstreets of Greece. He moved to London 6 months ago, where he works 60-hour weeks as a chef in a members club in Soho.

When Astren can get time off with his band, he can often be found travelling around Europe playing Oi music for the working classes.

Astren is wearing our second collaborative shirt with Dr Martens.

& The Classic Tartan Trimfit available here

Worn his way, Trafalgar Square.

“Brutus has been a part of British subculture for years and years, in the 60’s when it all started you had to wear a Brutus, Levis Jeans and Dr. Martens. I’m proud to be a skinhead, proud to wear Brutus, 45 years and going strong.”
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