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Casuals: The Story of a Terrace Cult

Casuals: The Story of a Terrace Cult [Kindle Edition]

Phil Thornton
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'The rise of the casual is revealed!'

'Thornton's intricate study and compilation of eye witness accounts is the new standard bearer.'

'An essential read for all purveyors of terrace culture.'

First came the Teds, then the Mods, Rockers, Hippies, Skinheads, Suedeheads and Punks. But by the late Seventies, a new youth fashion had appeared in Britain. Its adherents were often linked to violent football gangs, wore designer sportswear and made the bootboys of previous years look like the dinosaurs they were.

They were known as scallies, Perry Boys, trendies and dressers. But the name that stuck was Casuals. And this grassroots phenomenon, largely ignored by the media, was to change the face of both British fashion and international style.

CASUALS recounts how the working-class fascination with sharp dressing and sartorial one-upmanship crystallised the often bitter rivalries of the hooligan gangs and how their culture spread across the terraces, clubs and beyond. It is the definitive book for football, music and fashion obsessives alike.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Publisher: Milo Books Ltd (19 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051VTWJ8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit boring and long winded 23 Mar 2013
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It was a ok book..the most interesting thing about it was to find out where it all started. After that it got a bit boring..goes on about the music scene and stuff and its not really my thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cut above 1 Sep 2011
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Phil Thornton proves himself to be a very worthy observor to a youth movement in this Island's cultural and social history that was long overlooked, and yet worthy of serious comment.
In fact, this book is best when Thornton himself is pondering, observing and commenting on the Casuals themselves. The book is fantastic when taking you down your own memory lane to remind you of the labels, fads and gimmicks of the time.
The casual movement mostly passed me by, so I was somewhat unaware of it and very keen to read of its significance.
Thornton's writing is top draw, especially when he charts the historical origins of the movement to Liverpool and its spread through the terrace culture of the early eighties.
For my own part, I found the referencing of the organised violence of the movement a little less enthralling. I understand that these were intrinsically linked but,for me,the book was far more engrossing from a fashion standpoint.
I really enjoyed the way Thornton charted the growth of the popularity of now mainstream European lables, such as Lacoste, from the hardened away supporter's light-fingered travels around Europe.
A fantastic irony that, by having scousers and mancs clean their shops out, the final result was European brands gaining a foothold in the lucrative UK market and making millions.

It is intersting to read how each city, or firm, embrassed the scally movement and the weight of Thornton's argument is always persuasive and well written.

I could have done without some of the constant quoting from those 'inside' the movement, but this was a due to my own personal preference for reading Thornton's writing, which was never less than superb.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book is OK 11 Jan 2013
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I think there are better football/hooligan style books out there. Like I said it is OK, good history of the fashion and how fast it was moving through the fans at the time, but doesn't really keep you locked in. I can put it down and pick it up later without feeling like I am missing it.
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