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5.0 out of 5 stars Norfolk punk made good..., 20 July 2014
D. L. Roberts "David Roberts" (Essex County England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Scam (Kindle Edition)
If you want to understand how and why punk music became such a vital part of 1970s teenage life Julie Fielder’s The Scam is the perfect explanation. The Scam begins as a hilariously detailed account of the times set in un-rock ’n’ roll Norfolk. Even the punk band that gets formed in this tale of the rocky round to fame and disappointment has a try-out vocalist who can’t help sounding like The Singing Postman! So, ‘The Scam’ in the title is both the name of the band and the life-changing email received later in proceedings by the book’s honest hero Gee Stringer. The book spreads its wings and leaves Norfolk far behind but what makes this all too familiar right-of-passage book with punk, pop and rock at its core so worth downloading? Quite simply, it’s the writing. This girl can certainly spin a yarn and you get to find out (as with her other excellent book ‘What Flo Said’) that Norfolk isn’t quite the music backwater you might imagine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scam, 27 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Scam (Kindle Edition)
This is a novel for anyone who is interested in the liifestyle of the not so famous 'also rans' who frequented music venues up and down the length of the country - and beyond. It follows Gee on a journey of discovery, not of himself but others whose lives he inhabited at some point during his varied and interesting careers as a musician and roadie. The sometimes laugh out loud mishaps that he becomes involved in are balanced by the pathos, of discovering he is never going to make it big in the industry he loves so much.

A novel which survives the passage of time but relates to a never to be repeated era of music in the UK.

Read it and remember!
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