Scorcha! Skins, Suedes and Style fromthe Streets 1967-1973
By Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and Mark Baxter
Foreword by Suggs
Published 9th September
“I thought it was a great cultural movement, the music, the look, they’re things that have shaped who I am.” Paul Weller
“The skin-suede era was the most rigorously smart and pedantically correct in the history of working class street style.” Robert Elms
Published on September 9th by Omnibus Press, Scorcha! Skins, Suedes and Style from the Streets 1967-1973 by Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson and Mark Baxter, with a foreword by Suggs, delves into the roots, rise and fall of the Suedeheads and their close companions the Skinheads.
Covering topics including fashion and football, music and culture, Scorcha! draws on first hand accounts from the original skin-suede generation, alongside later adopters including Paul Weller and Norman Jay MBE. Packed with many rare and previously unseen images, this is the definitive visual history of the Suedehead way of life. Levis, Ben Sherman, Crombie. Reggae, rocksteady, soul: the looks and sounds of Suedeheads were all instantly recognisable in the sixties and early seventies and went on to have a long lasting impact on British street style and culture.
About the authors
Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson has been in love with the Mod way of life since 1979. Throughout the 80s to the present day he has been involved in organising events, publishing fanzines and running club nights. In 2011 he presented the biggest ever exhibition of 60s Mod related items at ‘Reading Steady Go!’ and is the author of the books Mods: The New Religion, and Mod Art, both published by Omnibus Press.
Mark Baxter is a writer/filmmaker and a native of south east London. He has produced films on Sir Peter Blake and The Style Council for Sky Arts via his company Mono Media Films, which he runs with Lee Cogswell, and Scorcha! is his 18th book. He loves his wife Lou, Millwall Football Club, red wine and Tubby Hayes, in that order.