on 12 January 2007
I enjoyed this one.
Starting in 1536, when Henry VIII moved into the neighbourhood, Mr Decharne steps back to take a balanced view of the history of KR. Plenty of space given over the Swinging 60s, but placing them in the context of the kitchen sink 50s. A full account of the Seditionaries 70s, but with a reporter's care to sift out what was really happening from the tourist postcard froth of later years.
The style is briskly engaging, whilst still packing in a satisfying level of detail about who lived, & did what to whom, where.
Strong recommendation for those interested in England's popular culture & its international impact over the last 50 years & for aficionados of London.
on 28 November 2012
This is a brilliant book, wonderful detail about the history of Kings Road especially from the 1950's onwards. Packed wth so many facts it almost feels like you're being informed what happened on a daily basis.
If you enjoy this go and buy Max's other books and all the records by the Flaming Stars, there's worse ways to spend your money ;o)
on 2 November 2011
A real compendium of information focusing on the "hip" for those who want to reminisce or those who never quite made it and would like to know what might have been like.
A few elements of the bygone era are still extant, but on the whole one has to admit that every dog had its day: currently King's Rd is less exciting than it used to be and the downturn took its toll: between Sloane Square and Land's End there are just six pubs, eh... perhaps five because the sixth one had become a wine bar... the girls there in did not even know what happened to the former minuscule theatre which once
made the venue so special...
As for the fashion boutiques... forget it - you'll probably be better off in Soho or Covent Garden! yet so far ssocial history is concerned, this is the book for you.