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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (25 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845135423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845135423
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A fascinating but harrowing tale of an uneasy life’

(Lois Wilson Mojo)

‘There’s a charm –and often downright cheek- in everything this “Rude Boy –made-good” has done… There’s more than enough colourful behaviour to keep you smiling’

(Jake Kennedy Record Collector)

‘The book offers an insightful account of 1970s Britain; a time crippled by joblessness and economic gloom, but also uplifted by the new sound of the time: 2 Tone.’

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Neville Staple is a singer for the two-tone ska band, The Specials, as well as his own combo, the Neville Staple Band. Along with Ranking Roger, he also sings in Special Beat.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve C. on 22 Sept. 2010
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I used to LOVE The Specials so when I saw this book I just had to get it. i could just hear the tunes again as I read it!

It's a great read all the way. Lots of photos in there as well. Interesting characters.

I realise this is his point of view on why or how things went the way they did but it's only to be expected and doesn't come over as somebody's biased viewpoint at all.

If you were into ska, 2 tone or any of the groups like The Specials you could be interested in this. Also, if you're into autobiographies with a difference then I'd definitely recommend this. Not like your boring footballer stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Flashbum on 5 Sept. 2010
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A really enjoyable romp through the life of Neville... nice to hear the whole history of the guy and not just the Specials section.

There is one aspect of the tale that started to really annoy me and thats the fact that Neville thinks he is the most important person in the whole world when it comes to influencing ska music in other nations. Apparantly the whole of the 3rd Wave was influenced by him.

Anyway, forgive him that and you have a very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michelle on 12 Mar. 2011
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such an easy book to read as its written as if hes talking,so laid back,full of information,dosnt hide from anything tells the truth evan if it dosnt make himself look good,you dont have to be a fan as his story itself is so interesting as a person and the times.
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Wow, it is easy to forget the attitudes and challenges of growing up in the 70's in the UK. Neville's account of childhood life in Coventry is honest and at times brutal. A familiar story to many of my mates and like Neville some ended up on the wrong side of the law and none were quite as colourful. A great read.
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By Bill Hodgson on 23 Nov. 2013
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I also read the book by John Bradbury about the specials, this one gives a view from the heart of the band, a ripping read.
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By fiona on 6 July 2013
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How can you not love a book written by Neville about Neville? He's disarmingly honest, no false-modesty yet self-deprecating, too. A great read.
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