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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Spirit of 69, Nov 19, 2008.
Yep less than a week to go for York, Looking forward to seeing everyone.
.....but I've got nothing to wear!
Just come as yourself Paul,
In the 70s,yes-but by then our Hair had grow.I have stated in previous Posts,that in `70 we were going to the University of Surrey`s Student Union Bar-drinking with the Students etc.In the background would be Rock Music(by then I had been listening to Led Zepplin,Ten Years After,Deep Purple etc.),There was no animosity.One night we gatecrashed a Party,in the middle of Town,and John (one of my Mates)chucked the Dj off and started playing the Records himself(all Chart).He was invited back to Dj again .I went back to Soul in the mid 70s.
alvin lee gutair solo, im going home, is that correct proper bit of music, child in time, by deep purple, i remember seeing Alex harvy band southend kursal 72/73 always remember the Faith Healer
Around `70/`71 there was the Civic Hall in Guildford, that would have Concerts,but in Godalming(just outside of Guildford)there was a small Rock Club- called the "Gin Mill".Here you could talk to the Groups up close.It was that small.
Just chatting to some workmates who are two years younger than me, One lad mentioned Toppers shoes, they was crape sole, Suede two tone upper, bought in Shaftsbury ave, London, Shellys also did a cheaper pair, these was worn 71/72 ?.
I sort of remember ???, anyone remember them.
This is a picture of me mate Bryan wearing a pair in '74. He did admit his crombie was getting a bit threadbare by then, he'd had it that long.
Clearly a very ex-skinhead look. Penny collar shirt, hanky with stick-pin and long back and sides.
I remember Toppers shoes very well. They became almost a must have from around 1971. My only pair were brown grain with a hard (leather?) sole and very round toe, purchased in the early autumn of 1971 from the Carnaby Street shop. The shop assistant said I was the first person to buy a pair of this particular design. I expect he said that to all the boys!
I remember too, being in another shop close to Carnaby Street (perhaps Take 6) when a guy was struggling in the street outside to park his Jenson. All the young dudes ran to the window and exclaimed ‘that’s Stephen Topper’. I thought some of them were going to masturbate.
Anyway I am wearing them in this not very good pic taken in Spain in late 1971.
Obviously they were around a lot earlier - here is Ian McLagan wearing some very nice Toppers in 1967.
Its not that clear in the picture but what was the detail like on your toppers?
Smooth front / loafer style front / oxford with a toe cap or something more elaborate?
The ones in 71/72 was round front, Crape sole, Two colour suede, it was the suede ones that was most popular,
I should have said they were dark brown grain, lace up derby style and with a very round toe. ST was driving a Jensen of course.
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