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Teddy Boys
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2013
Born in the 1960's I was aware of the Teds. We had a Teddy Boy shop in High Wycombe called Goddards that sold all the gear and as a young Punk (!!!) used to go in and admire the brothel creepers and drapes (but could never afford such luxuries) and walk out having purchased fluorescent socks or a bootlace tie.
When I started secondary school there was a clear divide of Teds and Punks and all the 5th years wore leather (not suede) brothel creepers. One older kid wrote "teds rule punk" on my English book! They used to call us "Spunk" but we still admired the Teddy Boy style even though we were loyal to our Punk music.
All our icons drew influences from Teds and this is evident in pics of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon etc from the time.
I haven't seen many Teds around for a long time but I hear there's a revival - "good" I say! Let's hope they do it properly and not in a caricature Showaddywaddy style.
This book has helped me settle a 20 year debate with my wife (and she wins) that I have never seen a picture of a 1950's Ted wearing brothel creepers. But there is a pic from 1959 which a Ted appears to wear them.The attention to detail in this book is great but it would definitely have been even better with more and bigger photos.
Well done to the authors - a book about Teds written by Teds at last!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2013
Very interesting read, especially if you are on the rockin' scene! Some great pictures old and new. I recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2013
Got this for my husband who enjoyed reading it and it brought back memories of our youth. Its easy to read
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
some good photographs of the early teds but, i think the book dwells too much on the modern or neo Teddy boys. More could have been said about the early Teddy boys and their culture and the ways that they were a much misunderstood phenomenen of their time. Alli n all though a good book for those interested in fifties culture
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2013
A great little book, only gripe, not enough pictures, something like the The Teds book from 30 years ago could be used as a template.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2013
Lots of facts unknown to myself and pure historical value to anyone wanting to understand the psyche behind the Teds.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2014
Well written. Enjoyed it, a trip into the past. Well done Ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2015
A great story of a great youthstyle :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 October 2014
Ray paints a true picture.
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on 1 August 2015
My youth,explains how i, and many others made mistakes in that defining period. If you were a teen in the 50s its a must.
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