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Doctor Martens: The Story of a British Icon [Paperback]

Martin Roach
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29 Aug 2003
For decades now, Dr. Martens and youth subculture have been inextricably linked, just as music and youth culture have been close partners in crime since the advent of rock 'n' roll. The story of the development of British pop music and popular culture, and of Doctor Martens, is thus shared to a remarkable degree. This book tells that story, from its beginning in the mid 60s (when the 'Hard Mods' adopted the DM as a badge of sartorial elegance) through to the era that truly established the Dr. Martens boot in cultural history - punk. When punk faded, Madness and other 80s bands in turn took to DMs, as did Grunge and, later, 'Britpop' bands such as Blur. The book is illustrated with over 100 colour and black and white photos of bands and their followers, together with cut-to-white photos of key examples of DMs themselves.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chrysalis (29 Aug 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844110117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844110117
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 17.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 867,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Described by the NME as "the biographer of youth culture and music" and by Record Collector as "a publishing prodigy", Martin Roach has written 82 books in ten years, amassing over 2 million global book sales. Martin has a degree in historical research from Warwick University and now lives in rural Essex with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Marten The Story of an Icon 25 May 2006
By K. Roe
Being 50 this book is a yardstick of my life, from the music to the lifestyles. The early part of the book tells how this design classic came about. But when you get to the late 60s early 70s the book explodes into a who's who and what's what of british youth culture. Anybody who want's to read about life before mobile phones, When friends were someone that you turned around and talked to this is the book for you.

From Mod's, to Skin's to Punk's and beyond the Doc Marten has been there. Anybody doing British social studies at uni. This is an essential work of reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the story of an icon 23 Mar 2004
By Clare - Published on
This book is a beautiful, colourful, illustrated history of those very cool shoes. It is more than the history of a shoe, but the history of the people who wear them. Filled with quotes and annecdotes from famed punks and other musicians. Brimming with beautiful photos with an emphasis on the footwear.
Singing to readers praise for various bands including The Who and The Clash, as well as providing a very thorough history of a number of doc-wearing subcultures. There are the stories of the skinheads, punks, mods, and more.
Steeped in tales of history from the 60s til the present, with mentions of all the things that made these decades important, from The Clockwork Orange to Madness.
This book is witty, attractive and very easy to admire.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too much history, not enough Dr. Martens ... 13 Nov 2012
By Marine Corp - Published on
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I am a huge fan of Dr. Martens, the made in England kind, not much experience wih the made in China manufacturing. I thought this book was going to explain how the shoes are made, why they last so long, etc. It isn't exactly what I got.

The book mainly focuses on pop culture from the 60's till today, especially in the realm of music and what bands wear what. If I wanted a book on Brit pop and pop culture in general I could have bought that.

The book DOES have some nice pictures to leaf through. The book also makes no mention of movIng the majority of their manufacturing to other countries. This may be because the book was published in 2003 when they began to make most of their shoes in China and the like or because the author wanted to avoid the topic altogether. You can draw your own conclusions.

Not a bad read if you pick it up cheap, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.
5.0 out of 5 stars best gift for a friend 3 Feb 2014
By Adrienne E. Getka - Published on
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I gave this book to a good friend who loves Docs, and she loves it so much! She was not expecting it at all.
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