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I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan

I Was A Teenage Toyah Fan [Kindle Edition]

Chris Limb
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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From 1986 until its closure, Chris Limb ran the official Toyah Willcox Fan Club Tellurian as well as designing and selling merchandise during Toyah's extensive tours in the early nineties.

This is not that story.

This is the story of what happened before. It began on a dark winter's night at the tail end of 1979 when a nerdy 14 year old boy watched an episode of the BBC's detective show Shoestring and realised that there was more to life than Blake's Seven/Star Wars crossover fanzines. . .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1698 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Limb; 1 edition (2 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070B6510
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,664 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chris Limb is a Brighton-based writer and designer who is currently working on two novels and blogs regularly. Chris also writes reviews for the British Fantasy Society as well as short stories.

When time allows Chris also plays bass guitar as well as performing random acts of web and graphic design for a diverse selection of clients.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 Mar 2013
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The best book i have read in ages, it really relates to how you felt in the 80's, the music the magazines , the anticipation of a new single or album coming out. reading this i could re late to how the author felt and the feelings when you get that first signed photo. magical book , packed with never seen before photos. a real bible for the hard core Toyah Fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm A Middle Age Toyah Fan! 29 Nov 2012
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I was also a teenage Toyah fan but nowhere near as obsessive as Chris Lamb , the author of this highly enjoyable book about the experiences he encountered whilst following her on tour and just about everywhere else he could possibly have the chance of meeting her. Where most people would nowadays probably see this as verging on stalking, it is refreshing to see that Toyah always has time for her army of avid fans. I recently had the chance of seeing her play live for the first time since I last saw her in the 80‘s and it seemed better than I can remember- superb. I was a teenage Toyah fan and am now a middle aged Toyah fan and if you are too then you'll love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was a teenage toyah fan 29 Mar 2012
By sharon
An excellent read. Totally loved how Chris took us through his emotions through the Toyah years. Brought back lots of memories of how passionate a true fan is about her music. You don't have to be fan to love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any superfan can relate to this 8 Mar 2012
Having been way too obsessed with Toyah during the eighties I feel this book tells the story of any Toyah fan who was this devoted to the woman herself from first hearing her music and taking an interest to allowing it to become a full blown obsession where nothing but the object of said obsession matters .It charts the exhilerating highs and crushing lows with an endearing honesty that you cant help but warm to anyone who shares these feelings about modern day stars can still identify with this book too so I would highly recomend this to anyone who shares the authors passion
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5.0 out of 5 stars An addictive Read 16 Feb 2012
this was a brilliant and addictive a long time (and long suffering U.S.)fan of Toyah, I've been well
aware of Chris Limb's efforts for decades,and I'm now so pleased to own a documentation of these amazings years
of Toyah; the 80's alone is worth the price of admission; this is a MUST!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time travel to the 80s 23 Jan 2013
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This isn't just a brilliant book for anyone who loved (still loves) Toyah. It will resonate with everyone who ever had a teenage fixation on an eighties pop star. I was most definitely a teenage Toyah fan, but unfortunately, in the 80s, I lived in sleepy North Devon so the nearest I ever got to seeing her in the flesh was one live gig in Bristol. Chris Limb's engrossing story and his descriptions are evocative of a time when `celebrities' were largely inaccessible (no facebook, no twitter, no internet etc) and the music was so great it made my hair stand on end!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Related 31 Oct 2012
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Lots here that I could relate to although I never quite got around to doing the following around the country, and I didn't get to as many live gigs, which I regret!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (But a Little Too Short) 30 Mar 2012
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You don't have to be a Toyah fan to enjoy this book. I'm not a Toyah fan, but it was still a highly nostalgic journey back in time to being a teenager at the start of Eighties and about being obsessed with music and individual bands (Japan in my case). It's all such a long time ago that I had forgotten what it was like to be a music fan in the pre-Internet era where finding out anything about a band required a lot of research and a fair bit of luck.

It reminded me a little of Andrew Collins' excellent two autobiographical books Where Did It All Go Right?: Growing Up Normal in the 70s and Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now: My Difficult 80s: My Difficult Student 80s which covers similar ground.

Chris Limb is an excellent and talented writer and I got so much into this book that I couldn't stop reading it. Unfortunately though, this is a very short book (I finished it in just a couple of hours and am no speed reader) and it left me feeling a little short-changed as I would have loved to have read more. I would have liked to have learned more about the author and the rest of his life at the time and I would also have liked to have read about his experiences in running the Toyah Willcox fanclub from 1986. To stop the book just as he was taking over the fanclub seems to be delivering just half a book, which is a shame and the only reason I didn't give it a 5-star review.

I really hope that the author writes the rest of the story - or a completely different one would be fine as well as I would certainly be interesting more of his work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good read from a toyah fanatic, verging on the side of obsession.
Published 1 month ago by jay lowe
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing to read some people thought Toyah was significant
Fascinating low-priced account of a very minor '80s subculture ... people obsessed with singer, and later actress, who had a few hits.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew
2.0 out of 5 stars I was a teenage total fan
Unsure what to expect and whilst was fun to read git more lightweight as the book progressed. Far to many times it hinted at other happenings but moved swiftly back to just... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arthur C Withers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read for all the alternative 80s crew!
Published 4 months ago by Sandra Rimmer
4.0 out of 5 stars I was a teenage toyah fan
I bought this boom by mistake, I saw the picture of toyah on the cover and just bought it, it was only a pound, but I'm glad I did, it was a very good read
Published 7 months ago by david franklin
4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, memories.
Even though I no longer have the record player, I have kept all the vinyl, pictures discs included because the music is class and helped define a generation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read.
While Toyah was a tad before my time - i was about 7 - i still found this an enjoyable read. Well written and an addictive read....for the price its a no brainer.
Published 14 months ago by RetroAEROSMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Shared experiences.
I enjoyed this book as it took me back to the 80"s and watching toyah and meeting her back stage at rock city best days of my youth.
Published 15 months ago by paul andrew willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars shows that love really is the law
this s a great book - not just for toyah fans - but for anyone that has ever fallen in love with music and obsessed over any popstar. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Azrael
4.0 out of 5 stars Such Good Memories
Although written from the viewpoint of a self-confessed obsessive fan, Chris has made a good job of this; the book brings back so many memories of the period, and the antics of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by iaincatt
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