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Booted and Suited

Booted and Suited [Kindle Edition]

Chris Brown
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Welcome to the real seventies, where the hair is shaved, the music is funky and the football is violent. Chris Brown was right there in the thick of the action. With his regulation haircut, clip on braces, shrunk Levis and bovver boots, he had the look every self-respecting bovver boy could not be seen without. This is the most amazing story of the most maligned decade in British history. It tells of adrenaline-packed Saturday outings, Tonik suits, aggro on the terraces, funk on the dancefloor and Johnny Rotten inside your head.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 463 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1844547469
  • Publisher: John Blake (4 May 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078XGWW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,240 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tote forever 27 Sep 2013
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What an insight to days gone by! But why was the . Patchway crew not mentioned? After all . The. Tote enders are still around! Lest we forget!!! Come and ave a go if you think your hard enough. Up the Bristol blues!! A true insight to youth and what we got up to in the seventies through to the nineties and possibly even nowadays the young ones are living it the way they "think" it should be lived? But hey, there's nothing like the good old days eh!!!? Steve. Patchway.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transport yourself to the 70's in the UK....... 12 May 2012
By JeffNZ
Chris Brown has crafted an amazingly thoughtful insight and descriptive account of teenage life in the much maligned 1970's.

It was so descriptive that reading the book put me right in his space. I felt the tension and apprehension of impending violence, the pain both physical and emotional, the sense of belonging achieved through supporting `your team' and the achievement gained from on-field and off-field `victories'. But Brown never tries to justify the violence "it was the norm" at that time as he states in the book.

The book also opened my eyes to the music that passed me by during the 70's. It is generally agreed that the quality of mainstream 70's music was pretty bland but Brown describes an incredible and vibrant alternative music scene that the popular DJ's of Radio 1 etc never (or couldn't) play. Having researched some of the songs mentioned in the book I now know what I missed out on!

This is a great read on so many levels. If you remember the 70's then it will strike a chord, if you were part of the football scene at the time then it will evoke vivid memories or if you just want to understand the psyche of the 70's `hooligan' then Booted and Suited is a must read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top notch, a funny bloke this Browner 12 Mar 2010
As Im a regular reader of football hoolie books, a mate asked me to recommend which ones would be worth reading. Clearly some are pretty boring, some are run of the mill carbon copies of other previously cited garbage, whilst some make you look forward to continue reading whenever you've put it down last. Booted and Suited rated in the latter category. Ive not read "Bovver" but was fascinated by the idea of a 70s tale as I was born in 75 so missed it. Ever since I met some Gasheads in germany for the world cup Ive realised that the bristol sense of humour is right up there. This book tells a story with the humour chucked in for no extra cost. I actually finished the book and was desperate to meet Hampshire for some reason, its annoying theres no photos in the book! Anyway, the tales really do come across as "this is what happened, take it or leave it" and its not just football related incidents, its a journey through that decade that also included music, politics, birds, drinking, social aspects, and the general crack that lads like to have. Admittedly theres a lot of football related violence but that was part of his life so has to be told. The only reason I havent given top marks is because there were the odd parts that I found a bit boring, when he went on a bit about certain types of music that didnt interest me. Thats my problem of course, and Im sure to others it will be facinating. Just not my bag. Definitely worth a read. I never liked bristol city because andy cole played there and they play in red. I dont like them even more now. Bristol Rovers, Gary Mabbutts first club so that will do me. COYS
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware !!!! 19 Oct 2009
By M.A.
I purchased Chris Brown's BOVVER one year ago, and I thought this would be a new work from him. Instead this is only a re-working of the previous title with only a few paragraphs added and some photos. I could have saved my money if this was specified in the notes !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ship Shape and Bristol Fashion 8 May 2014
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For those Bristol Rovers supporters who have seen their Football Club drop into non-league, Chris Brown's excellent warts and all look at 70s youth culture brings back memories of when the club were flying high and winning promotion to the old second division. Not for the squeamish, it gives a true reflection of the times and made me cringe, shudder and laugh. Unlike those books written by so-called Celebrity hooligans this doesn't romanticize but tells it as it is. On occasion it was graphic enough to make me move my hand to cover my genitals! Tales of a darker time on the football terraces mix with the music and fashion of the day and, as Chris says in the blurb, it aint no Boogie Wonderland
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Start, but fizzles out for me! 12 Mar 2014
By Mick
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Being a couple of years younger than Chris (and a northern monkey to boot) I found his tales of the early 70's and the skin head and sued head eras along with the music, fashion and football antics put a rye old smile on my face and brought back some great memories.

The down side for me was the almost invincibility of the Toad End lads, virtually continues referrals to endless bust ups at every ground (home and away), after a few pages it all starts to become a bit monotonous.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 13 Jan 2014
By timo
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Took me back to the good old days and fond memories. The scooter scene has turned full circle and has a lot of lads from 4 decades riding again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Booted and suited 6 Jan 2014
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A brilliant reminder of the madness and mayhem of the old terraces. A glowing tribute to the music of the times. A brilliant read in my opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
As I was brought up in the seventies it brought back memories some good some bad the memories of the clothes the music very good writing turned the clock back
Published 7 months ago by george a strachan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I really enjoyed this book as it brought back so many memories of a bygone era. The football and the music.
Published 9 months ago by mr. s.j.harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have on your book shelf
I'm really glad I bought Booted and Suited; it's a real breath of fresh air to read a book on historical youth culture that isn't over-analytical or contrived. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Emmi
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start
The book got better so try and get through the initial chapters. Gloryfies the Gas head firm which despite the authors claim were never taken too seriously. Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring!
Apart from the very good music comments of the era this is just another bovver boy novel claiming to be "harder" than any other football team in England, tiresome never... Read more
Published 12 months ago by L. J. Toshack
4.0 out of 5 stars Gashead
Brought the music and fashions of thr time straight back to me.A good read if you love football,music.Gasheads will love it.
Published 14 months ago by helen rainham
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
a good read from a different point of view from the holigans as a lot of those books are very predictive
Published 15 months ago by andy rodgers
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF TIME
Published 16 months ago by R. Reeves
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