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Style & Stuff Editorial

bagimin.jpg You’re not going out like that…!

The Bag I’m In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990, is a new book which, yep, looks at underground music and fashion in Britain from 1960-1990. It’s pretty fabulous.

Does the youth of today define themselves through the music that they listen to? I mean what do Beyonce fans dress like? Do Little Mix fans flock to certain boutiques? What sort of haircuts do Ed Sheeran fans affect? (hopefully not his.) It’s not really there anymore, is it? Pop tribes do not exist. The only meaningful tribe we have today is the Will This Image Make Me Look Good On My Facebook Profile Pic. It was not always thus however, as this glorious new book testifies. It documents a whole bunch of youth movements who really went that extra yard to align themselves with the music they loved; movements that made the UK the most exciting place in the world to be young.

From the leatherboys/rockers of the early 60s, through to beatniks, mods, Bowie kids, northern soul aficionados, punks, new wave and indie types, goths, riot grrrls and baggy, this books documents the lot. The author, Sam Knee (who also penned A Scene In Between, a look at the 80s indie scene), provides a choice commentary, but it’s the pictures that are key here and provide ample evidence that the real catwalks of the UK were to be found on the streets, and not some poncey converted warehouse in London.

The Bag I’m In: Underground Music and Fashion in Britain 1960-1990 by Sam Knee is published by Cicada Books Limited.