Bristol Boys Make More Noise! presents MAYFAIR plus Jerry Cripps DJ in a Steamers Nite Club Reunion to celebrate the publication of
Michael W Salters book ‘Punks on Scooters’ (The Bristol Mod Revival 1979-1985)
Published by Tangent Books / Bristol Archive Records 1st October 2016
Doors at 7.30 £5 in advance More on the door
MAYFAIR: Formed as a garage band in the summer of 79 in the wake of the Who’s movie Quadrophenia and the UK Mod revival.
Started playing gigs in and around Bristol the Christmas of 79, and played regularly at The Stonehouse and were also regular performers at Trinity Hall, Hope Chapel, and the Green Rooms.
The early 80’s music set from Mayfair, was a collection of songs written by the band and covers from the Kink’s, Beatles and various Motown and Northern soul artists.
Jerry Cripps (DJ):Jerry was the original DJ at Steamers Mod Nights throughout the 1980’s
Michael W Salter’s Book launch
Punks on Scooters (The Bristol Mod Revival 1979-1985)
Like many young people in the mid 70s Michael Salter adopted punk as his protest against ‘no future’ politics, dreary chart music and the pomp and excess of prog rock. But as the punk sub-culture split and evolved, Salter and his friends moved away from the spiky haired shock tactics to the sharp-suited, 1960s retro-style of the mods.
The mod revival embraced the music of 60s bands such as The Who and created new acts such as The Jam and Secret Affair. It also saw the revival of scooter clubs across the country.
But as in the 60s when mods and rockers fought running battles, the mod revival was steeped in violence and Salter doesn’t pull his punches in recalling the violent scenes played out most nights at Steamers night club in the centre of Bristol or the suburban violence which saw mods being attacked and leading the attacks in and around the pubs of Kingswood, Downend and Winterbourne.
Punks on Scooters is Salter’s autobiographical account of the fashion, music and violence of the mod revival. The book also includes appendices with pieces on The Newbeats and Colonel Kilgore’s Vietnamese Formation Surf Team and contributions by mod girl Eve Pearce, leading Bristol mod Geoff Rice, Steamers DJ Jerry Cripps and Jon Andrews of Bristol mod band Mayfair.
Punks on Scooters is a collaboration between Tangent Books and Bristol Archive Records and accompanies the BAR CD Mods, Power Pop, Scooter Boys 1979-1987 (CAT NO: ARC287CD)