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06 November 2012

Hackney Museum exhibition on Marc Bolan and the Stamford Hill Mod movement

A NEW exhibition exploring the Stamford Hill Mod movement in the 1960s is set to open at Hackney Museum on 7 November.

‘Stamford Hill Mods: The Genesis of Marc Bolan’ tells the story of early modernist culture, fashion and music in the area in the 1960s.

Fifty years ago, international war photographer Don McCullin took pictures of 15-year-old Mark Feld and friends in Stamford Hill for Town Magazine.

Three years later Feld changed his name to Marc Bolan and went on to find fame as the lead singer of T-Rex.

Miki Simmonds, who grew up in Stamford Hill and was one of the Mods pictured with Bolan, said: “It’s the year 1960 and I’d just turned 18. We were full of energy, youth was eternal and life was yet to be, we thought we were going to live forever.

"We were Mods. Ace Faces. We were the Stamford Hill boys – this was our meeting place, our turf.”

Visitors to the exhibition will find photographs, testimonies, early 45 vinyl records, Mod magazines and a copy of the original Town Magazine

There will also be recorded memories of handmade suits and bum freezer jackets as well as the old Mod hang-outs, such as the ten pin bowling alley and the amusement arcade in Stamford Hill.

Many of these stories have come from local people who have helped to shape the exhibition with their real-life accounts.

Special additions to the display will include an original 1962 Bilgorri suit and a 1962 two tone Vespa GS160 scooter personalised by Eddie Grimstead, the scooter dealer to all the Mods in East London.

The free exhibition will run until 26 January next year.

For more information, call: 020 8356 3500; or visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/museum

Marc Bolan was one of the main faces of the Stamford Hill Mod movement

Marc Bolan was one of the main faces of the Stamford Hill Mod movement

Marc Bolan was one of the main faces of the Stamford Hill Mod movement

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