In the smoky jazz clubs of Soho & the coffee bars of Notting Hill, the young and the restless – the absolute beginners – are revolutionising youth culture & forging a new carefree lifestyle of sex, drugs & rock’n’roll.

absolute beginners

Moving in the midst of this world of mods and rockers, Teddy gangs and trads., and snapping every scene with his trusty Rolleiflex, is MacInnes’ young photographer, whose unique wit and honest views remain the definitive account of London life in the 1950s and what it means to be a teenager. In this twentieth century cult classic, MacInnes captures the spirit of a generation and creates the style bible for anyone interested in Mod culture, and the changing face of London in the era of the first race riots and the lead up to the swinging Sixties..

Available in store and online.

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