PHOP spoke to Northern Soul fan, Mick Sway, about his memories of the scene in the 1960s.
“The club scene of the 60’s and 70’s was very much a “anti-pop” creation, born out of the working class youth, who sought escape from the hum drum and gruelling regime of work in the factories, mines and mills of the North of England.
“The music and in many cases the drugs, dominated the culture of what became known as; “The Soul Scene” and around 1970 “The Northern Soul Scene”. The latter courtesy of the late Dave Godin; journalist, critic, movie archivist, recording entrepreneur, soul fan and coiner of the title of the music genre; “Northern Soul”.
“What no one knew at the time was that this culture would have legs.
“It outlasted its anti-pop rival Punk, then New Romantic, Brit Pop,Heavy Metal and later Acid House, in some ways itself evolving into the mainstream.”