Title Mods and Rockers “Battle of Hastings” Press Photo
Book Condition Fine
Publisher London Keystone Press Agency Ltd. 1964
Seller ID 860
London: Keystone Press Agency Ltd., 1964. Fine. London: Keystone Press Agency Ltd., 1964. Fine. Mods and Rockers “Battle of Hastings” Press Photo. London: Keystone Press Agency Ltd., 4 August, 1964. Press photo of Mods parading along the center of Hastings, 10 1/8 by 8-inches. Minor wear and rubbing at corners. Verso are Kestone stamps and a mimeo caption glued on: “4-8-64 / The ‘Mods and Rockers’ – Battle of Hastings.. Keystone Photo Shows:… Scene in the centre of Hastings – as ‘Mods and Rockers’ stroll around – they were kept on the move by the Police – to stop them getting into mischief…” A wonderful image of Mods in their Bank Holiday finest, a few parkas in the bunch, and what looks to be two police officers – a situation they will soon be unable to control (see detail of this image on the cover of this list). Called the “Second Battle of Hastings” by the sensationalist press, thousands of Mods, hundreds of Rockers, and overwhelmed police clashed from Brighton to Hastings, forever memorialized in The Who film Quadrophenia. While it’s been revealed that many of the “battlefield scenes” between Mods and Rockers were staged by press photographers with pounds to spend,3 Hastings did have a violent outcome and marked the beginning of the end for the first wave Mod culture.