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For Enthusiasts Only
on 20 November 2014
Bought this not for the music but as I'm interested in all the different youth cultures the UK has produced. As someone else commented its a re-hash of old articles Bushell wrote (for Sounds mainly) with a few recent after-thoughts also added to the articles. There is some interesting stuff in the book about the north/south mod divide, the Glory Boys, bank holiday trouble etc. but as they were mostly articles from Sounds it mainly covers the music which I'm not into. Another criticism is Bushell's style of writing, I used to love him when I was 13/14 years old as I could understand him (unilke some other writers then) but now he grates on me. His metaphors are embarassing, in-jokes about his mates are tedious and his constant harping on about London/working class begins to grate.
It also seems to be a re-hash of a previously published re-hash eg. in one footnote Bushell gives info on who people in a photo are but the picture doesn't appear in this version of the book. Also with the articles its difficult to differentiate where the original article actually finishes and his 'contemporary' footnote's begin which can be confusing to the narrative. So it hasn't been put together that well.
Just enough useful info in the book to give it 3 stars though if you're interested in the 70's/80's Mod scene I'd try 'This Is The Modern Life' instead.