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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooligan, hero or a Bristol kiddie having a good time?
Before the fences and police intelligence there were the 'bovver' boys who ruled the football league grounds of England. A passionate, humorous account of a working class teenager in the turbulent 70's. Football, fashion, sex, alcohol, music and violence, what more can a young man want? There are some fantastically funny annecdotes - how can anyone accidentally steal a...
Published on 6 April 2001

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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Bought it because of the Bristol connection. Simplistic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooligan, hero or a Bristol kiddie having a good time?, 6 April 2001
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This review is from: Bovver (Hardcover)
Before the fences and police intelligence there were the 'bovver' boys who ruled the football league grounds of England. A passionate, humorous account of a working class teenager in the turbulent 70's. Football, fashion, sex, alcohol, music and violence, what more can a young man want? There are some fantastically funny annecdotes - how can anyone accidentally steal a police car?? An excellent read from page 1 to the end. Go get it now and find out that there was more to the 70's than ABBA and disco.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best book i have ever read, 29 May 2007
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Raymond E. Mighty "rem" (bristol) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bovver (Paperback)
this is the best book i have ever read . its an honest account of the early bristol scene . this was what happen in bristol before all the local bands hit the big time .as a member a one of those bands all the music and fashion that get mention in this book had a big part to play in what would later become known as the bristol sound .i was at a few of the places he mentions in the book .the slits roadie he mention was their manager DON LETTS. i was also at some of the football fights he mentions.as i said before this is an honest account of my youth . many thanks chris. R MIGHTY
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than just a bit of Bovver., 28 April 2001
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This review is from: Bovver (Hardcover)
There is more to this book than the front cover would suggest. Whilst the main theme is concerned with football and the associated violence that surrounded it during the 1970's, there are other interesting insights into the culture of the country during the period.
For many soul, funk and reggae music were an important part of their life and attracted a substantial following in the 70's. There are very passionate descriptions about individual records, groups and the music scene that existed at the time. I suspect there are just as many 40 somethings galvanised into action at parties by the Four Tops et al as by Abba. A neglected topic, glad that it was included. Right on !
Also included is the development of certain fashions, that once again, is often neglected in critiques of fashion of the time.
Brief descriptions of the political and social climate provide the backdrop to what is a well written reminiscence by an individual of his experiences during the 1970's. I am sure there will be many who can relate to it.
It is a pity that the publishers focused on the hooligan aspect, as there is much more to hold ones attention than just the football, which does eventually become a little tedious.
For all those who lived through those 'halcyon' days, it will surely bring back many memories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars first and only hooligan book you should read, 26 May 2010
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This was the first of many hooligan books i read.Set in bristol going from the sixties onwards it tells a great story of one character and his music,fashion and football terraces activity got to be the one of the best hooligan books ever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary everday life and culture in 1970s Britain, 27 Oct 2005
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Chris Brown provides a fantastic social and cultural history of Bristol and the UK in the 70s. What runs through this book is a well thought out account of not just the appeal and excitement but also the brutality of football violence and the lifestyle of following a football team, mixed with an accurate account of the brutality and social upheaval of the Britain of the time. Woven into the account of growing up as a young man attracted to football violence is a brilliant and accurate account of the fashion and music scene of the 70s. Through music Brown and his mates show how multifaceted, intelligent and contradictory as characters they are which gives the reader plenty of food for thought about their own character. His discussion of favourite tracks of the time ranging from Manu Dibango, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Toot and the Maytals and Symarip shows the diverse nature and openness of the music scene in the 70s. Brown also has a keen eye on the fashion and how it changed and mutated. Monkey boots, jelly sandals, harrington jackets, oxford bags, shirts with fly away collars all make an appearance. Only someone who lived through the period and is as honest as Brown is could have written as sharp an account of the period as this. Being a Bristol City fan I could have ignored this, I'm glad I didn't.
Anyone who thinks this book is cashing in on the trend for football hooligan books should think again - its honest, accurrate, thoughtful and direct and speaks volumes about the characters and time period it describes. Go and buy a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHERE HAVE ALL THE BOOTBOYS GONE??, 18 Mar 2001
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If you want to know what it was really like to be a young working class lad in 70's Britain then read this. Forget Abba, T-Rex, Hippies and the rest. The real people were listening to Trojan, wearing Harringtons, Tonics and Doc Martens and were destroying everything in their path in the name of football. How you can even refer to the "handbags at 50 paces," style fighting that you get nowadays as football violence when you compare it to the 70's is beyond me.. A golden era well described. An absolutely superb read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary everday lives in 1970s Britain, 28 Oct 2005
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Chris Brown provides a unique account of the adrenalin rush culture of following a football club home and away in the 1970s. His story shows the attraction and excitement and also the brutal side of the violence but also the brutality of 1970s Britain. Mixed in with this social history of the time you get a real sense of the characters that inhabited these worlds - often contradictory but always honest. Brown has a perfect insight into the music and fashion of the time as Harrington jackets, pegs and tonics, fly away collar shirts, oxford bags and jelly sandals all make an appearance dancing to the skatalites, symarip, maceo parker, manu dibango, bootsy collins and fred wesley. The diversity and dynamsim of the 1970s music scene is recounted by someone who was there and honest enough to portray a reality that kids growing up in major cities and their satellite towns and suburbs knew and in some respects loved. Being a Bristol City fan I could have avoided this book, I'm glad I didn't. Go and buy a copy of this fantastic account of extraordinary everyday lives in the 1970s - and learn a bit about the people, music and culture of the time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye., 8 April 2001
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This review is from: Bovver (Hardcover)
Despite the title, this is a book which does not seek to glorify the violence that was endemic in the 1970's but neither does it shy away from describing the reality of what was going on.
Surprisingly, I found myself being reminded of the excellent book (although awful film) American Psycho, not because of any similarity in the level of violence, but because of the clever blend of fashion, contemporary music and the seemingly inevitable violent incidents which shine through both books.
As well as mirroring what really happened at the time, the book describes the author and his various accomplices, undergoing the "rites of passage" and it is difficult not to feel, and perhaps share, his disappointment and possibly relief when arriving at the other end as a fully fledged responsible adult.
This is an absorbing read whether the participant is interested in the history of football violence, the culture of the time, the male need to assert himself and find an identity, OR just wants a good book to read!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive hooligan book, 14 Oct 2005
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R. Johansen (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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Chris Brown manages the rare feat of combining the true story about football hooliganism with the culture of the time, never condoning what went on at the time, nor seeking glorification.
You laugh when you really shouldn't and sometimes you cringe.
But you always read.
A fine work by a talented writer.
Essential reading for the woman and man on the terraces.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read, 24 Feb 2013
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A cracking read and a very enjoyable walk down memory lane.

The book reads at a great pace and is full of humour and the frustrations of being a young man in 1970's England. It does not seek to glorify the violence of those days but tells it in a warts and all style, you feel that you are actually on those dangerous terraces of those dark days.

Have re-read twice which is something I normally never do.
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