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Posts written during 'January 2012'

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The A to Z of Mod

Fred Perry will feature in the upcoming book The A-Z of Mod; due to be released in April. Written by Paolo Hewitt and Mark Baxter, this heavily illustrated book covers every element of Mod culture from À Bout de souffle to Zoot Money. Combining a style-savvy commentary with cultural anthropology, this guide to the many aspects of Mods takes an alphabetical approach to the most enduring of youth cults; with Fred Perry capturing the letter 'F'.

A Z Of Mod

Paolo Hewitt began writing for Melody Maker and New Musical Express, before acting as the official biographer for groups Oasis and The Jam. Both a music and fashion enthusiast, Hewitt also owns a Mod-inspired knitwear label in Italy and has written the boom Fab Gear: The Beatles and Fashion (Prestel). Co-author Mark Baxter has been fascinated with fashion his entire life, owning a vintage clothing boutique and writing (with Hewitt) The Fashion of Football and The Mumper.

The A-Z of Mod will be published by Prestel and released on 23rd April 2012. You can pre-order a copy of the book HERE.

Shut Up And Play The Hits

Though their ten year reign over the airwaves came to an end last year, James Murphy is giving LCD Soundsystem fans some closure with the documentary: Shut Up and Play the Hits. Charting the run up to the band's final show at Madison Square Gardens, New York; the doc has already received a spot at the Sundance Film Festival, with the hope of winning the coveted Best Documentary prize.

Directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, the film offers a much deeper insight on the frontman and what gets his musical juices flowing. Read More about the documentary on Fred Perry Subculture's music and culture feed The Buzz.

Introducing Strummerville

2012 marks ten years since the death of Joe Strummer; musical icon and frontman of highly influential band The Clash. Determined to put the artist's legacy to good use, Joe's friends and family created the charity 'Strummerville - The Joe Strummer Foundation for New Music' to help aspiring musicians make themselves heard. The charity has already enjoyed huge success stories in the shape of Mumford & Sons who have gone to conquer America, and singer Anna Calvi who has been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.

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Long term friend and Fred Perry collaborator Don Letts has been in close support of the cause; creating a film about the project and acting as a continual supporter. Don sums up the importance of the project as: "In a cultural climate that feels like punk never happened the likes of Strummer are truly missed. Who speaks for you now?" Damien Hirst is also a trustee, donating several pieces of work to raise funds for the cause. 

The foundation has taken a broad approach to it's mission, supplying everything from £1 studio sessions to support for former pirate radio station Rinse FM. Rinse is now a not-for-profit Community Radio station who have been helped by the foundation to set up the 'Rinse Academy' at their studios in East London. Here their fiercely grass-roots broadcasting ethos is used to engage under-represented communities and in particular, 15-24 year olds.

www.strummerville.com