Long before the big hair and glam-rock make-up, T-Rex’s front man Marc Bolan was a fresh faced 15 year old Mark Feld of Stamford Hill, who hung out with his friends at the local amusement arcade.
Stamford Hill Mods – The Genesis of Marc Bolan will tell the story of early modernist culture, fashion and music, in the area in the 1960s. 50 years ago international war photographer Don McCullin took pictures of 15 year old Mark Feld and friends in Stamford Hill, for Town Magazine.
Special additions to the display will include an original 1962 Bilgorri suit and a 1962 two tone Vespa GS160 scooter, personalised by Eddie Grimstead, the scooter dealer to all the mods in East London.
Miki Simmonds who grew up in Stamford Hill and was one of the Mods pictured with Mark Bolan said: “It’s the year 1960 and I’d just turned 18. We were full of energy, youth was eternal and life was yet to be, we thought we were going to live forever.
“We were Mods. Ace Faces. We were the Stamford Hill boys – this was our meeting place, our turf.”
On display will be photographs, early 45 vinyl records, Mod magazines and a copy of the original Town Magazine. Memories of handmade suits and bum freezer jackets, as well as the old Mod hang-outs, such as the ten pin bowling alley and the amusement arcade in Stamford Hill.
The free exhibition opens 7 November and will run until 26 January 2013. For further details visit: www.hackney.gov.uk/museum