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We Can Be Heroes
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
REVIEWED BY Andrew James
Boy George uses one word on the back cover to sum up this book "brilliant" - that says it all - but I will expand!...
New York has its books like "No Wave Post-Punk Underground" and "Max's Kansas City" and now London has its "We Can be Heroes".
An amazing book of outstanding photography and brilliant text to document London Clubland between 1976 and 1984. Forwarded by Iconic figures that remain in the creative music scene to this day. If you have an interest in music, fashion and clubs then this is the book for you. It's a joy reading about the music the various clubs and the people who frequented them. It was a time of dressing up, never down, less is more never came into the equation. You dressed up, You made up and You partied! All with an air of style and individuality that's rare to see these days. As a published author myself I know the hard work that goes into producing a book so well done and thank you to Graham Smith and Chris Sullivan for creating this wonderful book.
We really did believe we could be heroes!
By Andrew James
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2012
I obtained one of the 'first editions' hot off the press just prior to last Christmas, and can I say that it is an absolutely fantastic photographic chronology of one of the most exciting periods in British club culture. My only regret is that, living in a small midland market town at that time, I did not know of the existence of the places mentioned within the book. But the sheer perfection, yet 'grittiness' of Graham's photographs really does capture the spirit of 'being there'. Definite pride of place on my bookshelf!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
What can i say about this book,I got mine when it was first published through UNBOUND and was so happy to have it signed by Graham AND Chris.From the time you open it and read those first forwords from the likes of Gary Kemp, Robert Elms and co you just carn't put it down.Grahams photos take you on a journey back through time to when the youth wanted to make a statement through fashion , music or art in many cases the art being them selves.you get a real feel for the club life from the key players like Steve Strange,Boy George,Chris Sullivan and all the main poseurs of the scene.Get it and i garrantee you won't put it down until you've read it all,then you will keep going back to it.A must for anyone clubing during this period,or anyone to young but wanting some insperatoin to create for a new generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
This was bought for me as a gift and I absolutely love it!! Talk about walking down memory lane... every time I pick it up to flick through I discover something else - Bloomin' Brilliant!! Great photo's and clever writing have really captured the essence of the era - well done and thank you! :o)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
We Can be Heroes: Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion

This really is the ONLY informed book on late 70's early 80's London clubbing.

Graham Smiths pictures are sublime and Chris Sullivans words wise and witty.

The whole book is lovinly crafted and written from the heart.

It doesn't matter whether you were there or not, even if you simply have a vague interest in this facinating time you should buy it without hesitation!

Had my copy for 11 months now and still dipping in and out of it!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
A sublime volume about a fantastic time in youth and pop culture,uber creative and highly influential. compiled and created by the people who were THERE,a time of no internet,no facebook,no twitter, no iPhone....if you wanted it to happen you had to get creative. so much has been put out about the glam and punk periods but very little about this period of youth culture that was just as influential and iconic. packed with amazing photographs,storys and recollections of the time,i highly recommend it if you are interested in the post punk/new wave/early 80s club scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2012
A truly fabulous record of a fascinating time in London's clubland. Loads of great pictures by graphic designer Graham Smith (who was responsible for some of the most recognisable graphics of the period) giving a real "insiders" view of this amazingly creative time. Chris Sullivan's text adds further insight. I bought this when it was first published by Unbound have really enjoyed it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2012
The very opposite of an academic or anthropological voyeurs' look at a scene, this is a vibrantly photographed, passionately annotated insiders guide and tribute to one of the greatest ever eras of London clubbing. Like most of the other reviewers here, I lived through that era, and went to at least three quarters of the clubs featured, so I'd be quick to spot any misrepresentation. This book is a complete triumph, however, and heartfelt thanks are due to Graham Smith for taking the pictures in the first place, and for bothering to compile such a lovingly-packaged visual memoir to the fabulous London underground scene we had the good luck and privilege to experience - and create.
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on 4 January 2013
This unique and utterly brilliant book charts a period of extreme creativity in the music, club and fashion industries which it is unlikely we shall ever see again. As someone who was on this whole 'scene' albeit more on the fringes than those lucky enough to be featured in this book (I was in the same class at school as Christos Tolera and, thus, in the same year as Martin Kemp, too), the intoxicating energy of the whole period is catalogued to perfection.

It is seldom that I call something a "must-buy"' but "We Can Be Heroes..." most definitely falls into that category. I now split my time between London and Bournemouth and the chapter on Bournemouth not only brought back unbelievable memories, but also makes me chuckle at how such a sleepy town became involved in the whole scene!

Filled with stunning photography, full of essential (and accurate) facts, this book will, I believe, rightfully find its place in the library of definitive books about a particular era and attitude. Yes, those were the days when we really did believe we could be heroes...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2013
I can't speak highly enough about this beautiful book. It really captures one or if not THE most important musical era. The oftern weird and hidden world which came to change music. A complete gem
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