some really interesting stuff overnight!
that is a great record by Jackie Mittoo...and I always liked his pics wearing a suit as well. yes the jacket is a very short bumfreezer, but quite a few artists at that time wore them like that, Sam Cooke immediately comes to mind.
I'm glad the Jamaica thing was brought up, the one bit of nonsense I've heard over the years by American skinheads is the mantra "the first skinheads were Jamaican". One of my good mates when i was about 19 wore a Jamaican flag on his MA-1 along with Star n Stripes, and I thought that slightly strange. I also never quite understood jamaican flags being displayed at ska/reggae do's, as well as having booths of jamaican food??? I mean, i get where it's coming from, but think it's odd.
Jamaica had their gangsters or Rude Boys. Some young Jamaicans copied their look. Some of these emigrated to England. Some of these Immigrants went to clubs frequented by Mods. Some Mods went to clubs frequented by Jamaican immigrants. Some Mods and Jamaicans in said clubs borrowed clothing ideas/styles etc from each other. Some became friends, some became Skinheads. Younger brothers of the Mods and Jamaicans became Skinheads. They dressed alike as one would into good old fashioned working class youth movements. They never asked where we got our ideas and we never asked them. It just was. They never accused us of stealing their style and we never accused them. It just was. As said by myself and Roy before - social history? What's that? And anyway who cares, there's a fight going on round the block or we're going to be late for football/boxing/youth club/picking our Doris up/getting our hair cut........!
Skinhead: A short lived 1960's predominately white working class youth movement, started at grass roots level in London (Sorry, I can't remember the street or house number).