The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads – Signed with Promotional CD [Mods, Skingeads, Punks, Teddy Boys, British Street Fashion]

By: Elms, Robert

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Hardcover with dust jacket, black cloth with silver spine titles, 14 by 22.5 cm, 278 [1] pp. Very good with light shelf wear and yellowing to the text block; in a very good jacket. Signed by Robert Elms on the half-title page. CD: [London]: Independiente Ltd., 2006. CD with 18 tracks in jewel case with an 8 pp. booklet detailing the tracks and how they relate to street fashion. CD is fine in a very good case with one crack on the back side. From the publisher: “The Way We Wore is a passionate and personal account of the dazzling array of street styles and trouser tribes Britain produced from the 1950s to 1990s. Robert Elms' memoir takes us from Teddy Boys to Acid house, from Notting Hill to Soho. A love letter to London Town and the overdressed, undervalued youth who made this city such a hotbed of cool. This is the story of a life's obsession. From Ben Sherman shirts to boxtop loafers, from bondage trousers to Comme de Garcons, Elms has been there, seen it, and worn it out. It's about why you'd rather not go out at all than go out in the wrong sort of brogues, and why you just had to have a Budgie Jacket to cut it in the playground in 1970. It is ultimately a hilarious, passionate social history of London street fashion from the Teddy Boys and rude boys battling it out in his homeland of Notting Hill in the 50’s to its end in Acid House in the 90’s. A fond memoir of working class lads in tumultuous times and lary schmutter. One day in 1965 the five-year-old Robert Elms fell in love with clothes. His brother had just returned to the family’s Burnt Oak council house in a new suit he’d picked up from a tailor in Kilburn. Otis Redding was playing in the front room. This, as his mum would say, was ‘all the go’ – whatever that meant. This, Elms realised, was what you grew up for.” Includes skins, mods and punks. The CD includes tracks from Lord Kichener, Otis Redding, The Upsetter, Toots and the Maytals, Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Patti Smith, the Clash, Spandau Ballet, etc. From the liner notes, Elms states “The whole teen cult caper, from Teddy Boys to Acid House, was driven by the twin engines of clothes and music, threads and tunes, in that order. Clothes come first, the look predates and often pre-determines the sound. For British kids at least, music is secondary to fashion. Very few kids can play instruments, but everybody wears gear. They can all pull on a pair of strides or colour their hair from a bottle purloined from Boots. The look led a merry dance as Mods became Skinheads, Suedeheads begat Glam, which gave way to Soul-boy, which was the precursor of Punk, which morphed into New Romantic. At every stylistic twist and turn, with every new shape of collar or make of shoe, there were, though, pivotal records to preen and pose to.” Dust jacket present. First Edition.

Title: The Way We Wore: A Life in Threads – Signed with Promotional CD [Mods, Skingeads, Punks, Teddy Boys, British Street Fashion]

Author Name: Elms, Robert

Categories: Music, Punk,

Edition: First printing

Publisher: London, Picador: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: very good

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 2402

Keywords: Street Fashion, Mods, Skinheads