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On YouTube –

Posted in fashion, Mod, Music, Rockabilly on March 19, 2010 by lili


Tokyo Rockabillies in Yoyogi Park. Via Japanprobe.


FOG BAR commercial

I am going to Japan in 2 weeks! First time! Tokyo-Hakone-Kyoto-Osaka.

Open to suggestions & recommendations! – music events, clubs, bars, restaurants, stores.

STREET STYLE by Ted Polhemus

Posted in Art/Style, Books, fashion, hybrid culture, Mod, Punk, Rockabilly on July 17, 2009 by lili

'Ted' family

Rude Boys

Rude Boys

More at: Street Style (pages) – a set on Flickr.

The premise of this book is that the fashion on the catwalk has its origins in the street… the “bubble up” effect.

But it is more than the price tag which distinguishes the genuine article from its chic reinterpretation. It’s a question of context. And when fashion sticks its metaphorical gilt frame around a leather motorbike jacket, a Hippy kaftan, a pair of trainers, or a Ragga girl’s batty-riders, it transforms an emblem of subcultural identity into something which anyone with enough money can acquire and wear with pride.

However much street style and fashion might superficially resemble each other, they are actually poles apart.

The book is a bit outdated but still a great resource for images. I love that there is a section at the back with lists of suggested books, music and films for each subculture. (These lists need to be updated!). There is also a big subculture flowchart – click on the pic below to enlarge.

Street Style

OH –  I just found out that Mr. Polhemus has a website –

Kookie Swings!

Posted in Rockabilly, Television on January 8, 2006 by lili

Edd Byrnes
(aka KOOKIE) from 77 Sunset Strip is cool cool cool, daddy-o! Here seen teaching the Parisian kids how to swing.

Download kookieswings-vid.wmv [8mb]

Kookie tunes:

A, You’re Adorable

Like, I Love You

77 Sunset Strip info
Hepcat slang

Online Jukebox: Little Steven’s Underground Garage > Show 69 > Happy Birthday Kookie!  (Playlist here)

Tokyo Rockabillies

Posted in Rockabilly on October 29, 2005 by lili


I’ve blogged about these guys before… but now I’ve found a great videoclip! The Tokyo Rockabilly Club dances every Sunday in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park. Sadly, they seem to be a dying breed.  Hope they will still be around when I can afford to visit Tokyo one day.

Related/ Rockabilly Links:

by Steven Siewert

Rock n Roooolllll!!!

Posted in Film, Music, Rockabilly on December 30, 2004 by lili

GuitarwolfGuitar Wolf is playing at the Knitting Factory, Hollywood MARCH 15, 2005! We have to go. One day we’ll also have to play the Drinking Game (Special Feature of Wild Zero DVD).

The romance is twistedly charming. A young rockabilly falls in love with a … OK, no spoilers 😀 Two zombies pledge undying love to one another. The heroes (Guitar Wolf & Co.) have superpowers fuelled by their faith in ROCK N ROLL!!!!

Tokyo Rockabilly

Posted in hybrid culture, Rockabilly on August 14, 2004 by lili photo – Rockabilly dancer in Yoyogi Park, Harajuku, Tokyo

Revolt Against Contemporary Culture

Posted in Dance, fashion, Music, Rockabilly on August 13, 2004 by lili

The ATOMIC Cafe Forums

Revivalists – Some distinctions

Posted in Mod, Rockabilly on August 10, 2003 by lili

Teds/Rockabillies – The early Teds were 50’s working-class British youth. According to Hebdige, the Ted subculture resurfaced in the 70’s in antagonism to the Punk Movement. The late 60’s-70’s also spawned motorcycle gangs (greasers) with rocker sensibilities…

Neo-Mod– Not to be confused with the original mods of the late 50’s. The neo-mod subculture happened in the late 70’s-80’s – the release of Quadrophenia, the movie being a part of this (Also The Jam etc). America had its own version of Mod culture – which had no associations with working-class culture, or ‘soul’ music…which was more about the Carnaby-Street ‘Swinging Sixties’ idea (Austin Powers etc)

2-Tone – somewhere between the Mods and the Skins… a ska-sound, a record label and a fashion with The Specials at its head.

Skinheads – The original Skins were into Jamaican Ska and Rocksteady and came after the Mods in the late 60’s. Musically, they were more aligned with West Indian community in Britain. In the 80’s came a whiter version of Ska exemplified by bands like Madness. Skinhead culture itself was also white and ‘racist’ (eg Romper Stomper) with Neo-Nazi leanings.

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