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Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela were popular in the 1980's in London as well. I remember going to a club in South London to see them.The audience was mixed age wise and racially. The term World Music was used to cover a very wide range of music but aficionados knew the origins of the music. I also liked the Afro beat of Fela Kuti. Great for dancing to. I worked in Tanzania around that time and at one village party I was really looking forward to the music but they ended up...
Mine is almost ldentical to this one. I think I paid £50 for it.
It's a medium size 40 just above the knee length. It fits so well I can't get rid of it. I might just wear it one day.
As an original I didn't  know anything about skinhead revivals but in 1979 I sold my 10 year old 3 piece mtm tonik mohair suit to my 16 year old  chainboy working with me on a construction site. I felt like giving him a slap when the next day he turned up for work wearing the trousers.Turned out he only wanted the jacket. The rivalists. No respect for the clothes, eh? He got an original suit and I got a couple of days pay for a suit that didn't fit anymore.
This made me laugh because of a similar experience. A few years back I bought a leather coat from TKMAXX and it fits like a glove but I can't wear it because I look like an East European gangster. It remains in the loft. At school it was mainly the girls who wore leather coats in green turquoise  blue or white sometimes paired with leather boots.They looked the business. I think it was an expensive take on the Mod pvc coats which they also wore.
And Jimmy Savile is just off camera eyeing them all up.
What a great photo. Looks like John Smedley did good business with this firm. Any information?  I would guess Chelsea down near Brighton. 
One boy in the photo looks familiar to me. Could it be Ilford Palais 1968/69? I don't recognise any of the other lads so I could be wrong. There was a boy who was always jumping on stage down at the Palais, he even did it at a live Desmond Decker concert. I met him recently as he married my cousin and he reminded me of the Desmond Decker performance (his dance on stage with DD).
In the late 60's the music for my group was Stax, Atlantic, Tamla in that order. In fact we looked down on Tamla as being a bit too commercial but we heard mainly Tamla in the dance halls. At the same time we listened to the English stuff on pirate radio, Radio Caroline in preference to Radio London. My record collection included Hits 1967 Stax, Hits Atlantic 1967, History of Otis Reading and This is Soul. I hardly bough any Tamla. I later bought Tighten Up Volume 2 when...
That list brought back memories. Tom the peeper, great to dance to and James Brown of course. By the mid 70s my mob still unmarried were going to clubs out in Essex and that was the playlist. My clothes were back to Ivy by then. We were aware of punk but that was for a younger audience. Glad that punk washed away all that self indulgent prog rock stuff. I was surprised later to find out that many punk artists were in myage bracket.
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