Friday, 8 November 2013

Blog Tour: Step Back in Time... to the Swinging Sixties

Today Ali McNamara's Time Travelling Tour continues with the Swinging Sixties where I'll be looking at the Mods versus Rockers culture that dominated the UK in the mid 1960s.  So let's take a closer look at what defined these two iconic groups...

The term Mod, or Modernist, was used to define modern jazz musicians and their fans in the 1950s but in the 1960s it was used to describe the sub culture of young men and women in the UK who wanted to break away from the stuffy fashion and lifestyle choices of the 1950s.

The Mods were well known for their love of fashion, in particular tailored suits and Parka jackets for the men and shift dresses for women, music, especially Ska, soul & beat, and their scooters, mainly Vespas.

The other predominant group for the youth of the 1960s were the Rockers, which as the name suggests is derived from their love of Rock and Roll music, who were infamous for their leather biker gear, motorcycles and pompadour hairstyle (quiff to you and me!).

These two groups were infamous for their clashes during the 1960s in particular their riots in Clacton on Easter weekend 1964 and in Margate, Broadstairs and Brighton over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend which saw many arrested and jailed.   This rivalry and the clashes in Brighton was depicted in the 1979 film Quadrophenia.

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she's ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she's jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

Step Back in Time is out now so why not grab yourself a copy today.  Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

The tour continues on Monday at One More Page and Life on Magrs so make sure you pay them a visit to see what 70s treats are in store for you... 

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