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Diary of a Teddy Boy [Kindle Edition]

Mim Scala
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London, 1950s. Mr Tobias, the Fulham tailor, makes young Emilio Scala a fingertip drape and he fills it, a Teddy boy extraordinaire. By day he still serves cornets and wafers on the North End Road at Scala's Ice Cream Parlour, but at night he's in Chelsea getting bloodstains on the suit, tearing out cinema seats while 'Rock Around the Clock' plays on. His two worlds collide when Diana Dors and Dandy Kim visit for a Knickerbocker Glory. Soon he's out in 1960s Soho taking Purple Hearts with the cool set: Michael Caine, Chris Stamp, Patti Boyd, Richard Harris, Sabrina Tennant. Now a King's Road gambler and junior playboy, he sees Paris and Tangiers, runs into an old Hemingway - and Burroughs - right on time. For Mim it's a baby step to becoming an agent. In a whirlwind of fame, only some of it temporary, he hires Dennis Hopper, devils with Ronan O'Rahilly, gambles with Lucian Freud, evades the Kray twins, turns down Hair in New York on Salvador Dali's say-so, and listens reverently to Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix and Marianne Faithfull. In 1968 he persuades Jean-Luc Godard to film The Rolling Stones and witnesses the May riots on the streets of Paris, as Nicholas Roeg's Performance is scripted and enacted next door to his London flat. Sharp suits turn to caftans in the 1970s. When his friend Brian Jones dies it marks the end of an era, but Mim himself is reincarnated. He had promised Jones they would discover the most beautiful music on the planet, and he sets off for Morocco to find it alone. With his miracle vehicle Shadowfax, he becomes part of a different world. A psychedelic nomad now, he sojurns in Sri Lanka, and watches and listens to desert life in north Africa, its sunsets, windstorms and one unforgettable eclipse. He returns to London with the ceremonial recordings of the Berber Ganoua, a world music before 'world music', and becomes head of marketing at Island Records. He discovers the post-punk band Warsaw Pakt, organizes Marianne Faithfull's comeback appearance on Saturday Night Live in New York, and adjusts to the 1980s. In the right place and the right time, Mim touched the lives of the twentieth century's most famous pop stars, and their glory touched him. Diary of a Teddy Boy is a vision of the styles, moods and drugs that defined three decades. The brilliant picaresque memoir of a working-class hero, it is a personal story of what fame can bring, and what it takes away.

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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.

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3690 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Lilliput Press (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5FOJ54
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable,funny and entertaining read. 22 Feb. 2001
By A Customer
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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Actually, more "Diary of a Hippy Traveller" 19 Dec. 2012
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A memoir of the long sixties. 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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