Have you been enjoying all the sunshine and fun in Reading?
I do hope so. The circus is in Reading for one more day. Plus, Reading Museum has a totally psychedelic exhibition on 1960s life in Reading. ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ is at John Madejski Art Gallery until October 9.
Rumour has it that Liam Gallagher was at Reading Museum representing the ex-Oasis singer’s 1960s-style mod fashion label, Pretty Green. I cannot 100% verify this, but Pretty Green clothes are one of the exhibit’s sponsors. Liam, if you are reading this, please leave a comment below and let us know what you think of Reading. We’d love to get some more Liam love before your groovy band Beady Eye plays at Reading Festival this summer!I can verify that Reading Museum had some very flashy scooters inside and outside the local museum in Reading Centre. According to Reading Town Museum’s website:
This exhibition explores the explosion of youth culture in the 1960s and its legacy in today’s music and fashion.
In the early 1960s Reading emerged from the rationing and austerity of the post war years. A generation of ‘Baby Boomers’ enjoyed increased spending power, more freedom and leisure time.
The term ‘teenager’ was used for the first time and alongside the new buildings that rose up in Reading, various youth cultures emerged. Young people began to define their identity through allegiance to different styles such as Teddy Boy, Rockabilly, Beatnik and Mod.
The early Mod pioneers were known as ‘Modernists’, because of their liking for Modern Jazz. They approved of all things new and revelled in the coffee bars and supermarkets that came to Reading in the late 1950s.
The town’s Mods soaked up the influences and latest trends from London. They listened to black American R & B artists, wore smooth cropped hairstyles, tailored jackets and neat Italian rounded-collar shirts.
Our exhibition intends to be an insight into the real Mod world. It goes beyond the popular myths to show their passion for music, fashion and being young.
The Museum of Reading’s exhibit has a working jukebox and pinball machine. Just on Saturday there were loads of bikers and motorcycles outside. My favourite part of the show was the fabulous and shiny purple motorcycle inside.
If only they were part of the working features, I would pop 50p into the engine and be zipping about Berkshire all day long!