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Diary of a Teddy Boy : A Memoir of the Long Sixties Paperback – 27 Feb 2009


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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: The Goblin Press (27 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956149707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956149701
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in London in 1940, Mim Scala went to school at St Augustins, Hammersmith and Chelsea Art School at Manresa Rd, Chelsea. He grew up in the North end Road Fulham, before moving to the Kings Road. He then travelled extensively before settling down to work as a theatrical agent. In 1963 he founded the theatrical agency, "Scala Browne Associates" with Sir William Piggott-Brown. The Agency was known for representing actors, directors and musicians including Richard Harris, Cat Stevens, Benito Caruthers and Jim Browne. Mim Scala also packaged the film "Sympathy for the Devil/One Plus One" with Jean-Luc Godard and the Rolling Stones for Cupid productions
In the late sixties Mim took off to live in the Moroccan Sahara, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Switzerland, painting and recording ethnic music, including the dervish Ganoua sect from Tangiers. He returned To England in 1972 to work as head of promotion for Island Records. Mim produced the first direct to disk album for the band Warsaw Pakt, before founding "ESP Music and Management", an agency which represented record producers, Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones), Stuart Levine (Simply Red) and B.B. King.
Jimi Miller (Rolling Stones) Mim Now lives with his wife Janie and son Fred and their horses in County Carlow Ireland where Mim spends his retirement Writing , painting and fishing.

Mim is the Author of Three Books

"DIARY OF A TEDDY BOY" an Auto Biography a look at the long Sixties2000
"BIBI" a spoof sixties novel 2013
THE LUCKIEST MAN IN THE WORLD. A period Novel set in the 1930's Based on the true story of Emilio Scala winner of the first Irish Sweep Stake 2013

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From the Author

If you can't remember the sixties you just were not there.
If you can't remember the sixties you just were not there.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Born to an Italian immigrant family, Mim Scala grew up working in the family's ice cream parlour. He worked in the sixties in theatre, film and music before following the hippie trail to North Africa, to become a leading authority on world music. He now lives in Co. Carlow, Ireland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm not much of a bookworm.I happened to be in a bookshop browsing-my policy being if the first few paragraphs were boring,so would the book! I picked up Scalas' book and found that I could not put it down.I must have spent a good 30 minutes going through the first few chapters,before the position I was in made reading uncomfortable and I felt that I had to buy the book so that I could finish it.I was transported to another time-the 50's,60's and 70's,and by the end of the book,I not only felt that I had lived what scala had gone through,but also felt slightly depressed as I needed more.All the stars that scala had the fortune to meet and rub shoulders with(people like Jimi Hendrixs,Brian Jones)became humans and no longer icons,that for me was very poigniant as I could relate to these great people.What fasinated me most about the book and Scalas life was its diversity.His life and adventures covered all aspects of life at the time.From rubbing shoulders with teddy boys to mixing freely with gangsters and gamblers,to becoming a successful agent who handled stars like Richard Harris and Michael Caine (at the begining of their careers ),to models like Twiggy and rock stars like the Stones(with Brian Jones)and Hendrixs.The book was not only exciting but also very funny and several times I found myself laughing out loud.It also reflected a life that I would loved to have had the opportunity to live,especially Scalas later adventures in Morroco where he lived in a specially adapted land rover driving all over the country(and all around Europe) and in Sri Lanka,where he was in the company of people like Arthur.C.Clarke.I really found the book timeless and found myself sharing Scalas excitment as he found himself not only meeting these great people but also having an impact on their lives.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2001
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After reading the book, I wrote to Mim (who I hadn't encountered in 12 years) and told him that it was "magnificent ... an unqualified pleasure". Now, I may have been biased reading about and enjoying what was part of my own history, but I certainly would not have approved if I didn't feel that he had been truthful and accurate in his recollections and assessments. He has managed to plumb the heart of the matter. I am the "Michael Ross" (mentioned in chapter 11) who lived in the bed-sit room next to Mim's on the top floor of 11, Tite Street, his first permanent home away from home. I knew a great many of the characters Mim writes of, and I was involved in some of his daily enterprises. We ate at the Cozy Café, drank beers at the Markham Arms, shot pool and chased the girls in the heart of London's Kings Road where the 1960s began. I mentioned to him that my pleasure came not just from the personal nostalgia. His writing is extremely good. I found the entire book compelling, not least for his daring exploits - and the diary reads like an adventure - deep into unknown Morocco where he later in the story was accepted as a soul brother by virtually the entire native populace. Yet without Mim's love and compassion for people in general, and in particular the characters that attract his attention, this diary would have failed to convey the necessary warmth that makes his recollections of these vital nuggets of history so powerful. If he was a Teddy Boy, he shed his strides very early on. He is not judging us. This was the period when the word "Love", often over-played, also meant acceptance, and was to be transformed into a principle commodity of the era.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alec Tronn on 19 Dec. 2012
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The first half of this memoir of a semi-hidden swinging sixties "face" is excellent, a tremendously evocative conjuring of late-50s and early-60s London, well-told and anecdotal, an almost parallel story of the times to that told by Andrew Loog Oldham in his own autobiography, "Stoned." However, once converted to flower power, our author hits the hippy trail, and the rest of the book is a tiresome cycle of drug-taking and supposed spiritual insights, which while undoubtedly sincere, could have happily been condensed into a chapter or two. Things pick up in the final stretch once Scala returns to London to become a record industry figure, but it's covered all-too-briefly, and comes to an ending so sudden I suspect some major editing to have taken place. Half an excellent book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2000
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"Stepping out of your life and onto the pages of Diary of a teddy Boy is like getting out of a grey Morris Minor and getting into the passenger seat of a Farrari. Mim Scala is in the driving seat, and man what a trip!"
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