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More than just a trawl through the wardrobe of a clothes obsessive,
This review is from: The Way We Wore: A Life In Threads (Pb) (Paperback)
I am not particularly fussed about clothes but thoroughly enjoyed Robert Elms's touching and wonderfully written autobiography. Clothes - and Elms's obsession with them - are lovingly chronicled in some detail. With each new subculture, or trend, came a new look or variation on a current look. Mods to skins to suedeheads to soul boys to punks etc etc. If you lived through this era and have any interest then you should enjoy this book. I must say I found it thoroughly absorbing but then I was an early punk and participated in the Billys/Blitz scene where Robert Elms played a starring role. One of the reviews on the back of the book makes a comparison with Nick Hornby's 'Fever Pitch', I think that's spot on. Just as you don't need to be a fan of Arsenal FC to enjoy Hornby's book so you don't have to be a clothes horse to enjoy this book. Well done Mr Elms, I doff my retro-velvet Stevie Wonder-style hat in your direction.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2009 22:22:35 GMT
I was researching Robert Elms' book for my dissertation (about Blitz kids) and saw your comment about being involved in that era. I wondered if I could email you my questionnaire my email is email@example.com I can explain properly in an email, theres not enough room in this tiny box!
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