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I have always been a fan of 60’s music since I was a kid.
My parents owned about 800 45rpms of all genres; soul, R&B, disco, rock, surf, blues, Motown, Stax, doo wop, pop vocal, English beat, etc. Records released as early as 1952 to as late as the mid 1980’s. The collection was mostly 60’s music and my Dad was a 45rpm collector. My background is Chicano and Spanish and its not uncommon to have huge wild backyard parties every weekend with the family and cousins that go to all hours of the night and into the morning. Music and spinning 45rpms was a huge component of those backyard parties. Ever wonder where labels such as Del-Fi, Chattahoochee, Rampart, Whittier Records, Linda, Memory Pain and Lost Lite were about? Most of those records catered to the Southern California Chicano community and our wild parties and many of those “rare” Latin soul records are actually quite common and known in our community.
In 2002 I founded and promoted my own club with two partners in Hollywood California called The 45 Club, which catered to Northern Soul, Mod, reggae, pysch and garage music. It was a very successful club for the four years when it was in existence and many people today still have fond memories of The 45 Club. Other places I have DJed include Mods Mayday Nagoya Japan 2010, Orange County Japanese Street Fair, Soulside, Macross Con, Golden State Soul Society and Rhino Records Claremont.
In 2004 I left The 45 Club in order to write, produce and direct my first feature film Young Birds Fly. YBF is story about a young girl named Jill who discovers soul music and her journey of becoming a young woman through Mod. It starred Tracy Mathewson as Jill, Elizabeth Blanchard as C-Bird and Saree Costa as Jeananne and took all of 2006 to film. YBF debut in July 2007 to a packed theater in Whittier, CA and was a great personal accomplishment. As of 2009 YBF has not been released on DVD but I am currently working out the music synch licenses for the music of the film.
Around the late 1990’s I started locating artists, arrangers, songwriters and producers of some of my favorite records. This is mostly due to the lack of information on many of the rare records I was collecting and it was best to locate the original people who worked on the records for primary source information.
Some of the people I have interviewed over the years are Andrew Loog Oldham, L. Russell Brown, The Missing Lynx (DynoVoice), The Goodtimes (Kama Sutra), Denny Randell, Peggy Santiglia (The Angels, Jessica James & The Outlaws), Barbara Harris (The Toys), Gary Gant (The Invitations), Gary Knight, Charles Calello, Tom DeCillis, Eddie Rambeau, Clay Hammond, Norma Tanega and Mark Wirtz. Some of my articles have been published in There’s That Beat Rare Soul Magazine and The Ugly Things and I mostly specialize in DynoVoice/Bob Crewe recordings.
Modcineaste.com went online on September 24th 2009. Our goal is to review international Mod/Soul/Group Sounds items from around the world and eras. CD’s, films, books, clothing and especially 45rpms will be respectfully reviewed here. I am a huge collector and fan of Japanese Group Sounds records and many of these items and other Japanese Mod items will also be presented here.
Special thanks must go to Joshua Bernard of www.collectiondx.com who built ModCineaste.com for me. CDX is one of world premier vintage Japanese and American toy review sites that I also write for that is definitely worth visiting.
If you are interested in ModCineaste reviewing your items or product or want to write a review for MODc feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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