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5.0 out of 5 stars The Teds, 29 Sept. 2003
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This review is from: The Teds (Hardcover)
Since its publication in 1979, the reputation for this book has grown. So much so that its re-issue last year was welcomed, especially by all those people who had to search second hand bookshops for a copy.
Well was it worthy of such high regard. Yes, the photgraphy in the book captures the Teddy boys in all their glory. The feeling of something exciting is happening in virtually every shot. There are of course many shots where the Teddy boys and girls are posing for the camera in their Edwardian gear. But as they are such distinctive clothes, the images are very striking. In particular the cover photo of the two "Teds" symoblises the whole look of the book. The photgrapher has captured that distinctive look, and frozen it the moment in time. The majority of the pictures are taken in the 1970's when the Teddy boy revival was at its peak, but its the real Teds that have survived from the fifties that give the book its heart. Although it us heartening to see so many younger people embracing the Teddy boy look. Their Brylcreemed hairstyles and drape suits the only that connect them with the past.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2008 12:54:04 BDT
blofeld says:
The fact that the majority of pictures show "Teds" from the 70's means that this is mainly about "Ted revivalists"...interesting in itself but not the same as the original phenomenon that existed in a particular time and place. ....you can't recreate the past.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jul 2010 10:32:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2010 10:32:44 BDT
Joe Bloggs says:
Blofeld, you obviously don't understand the sub-culture (which exists to an extent that would surprise you) of the present-day Teds, Rockabillies, etc. I'm a rockabilly and I know you can't recreate a moment in time as it was, no more than you can foretell what the future will be like based on present experiences. We like the music and clothes that we like, and the era that spawned that style. We harm no-one, though you'd think that others have the god-given right to accuse us of living in the past. Well if we do then, again, what harm does it do them - more to the point what the hell has it got to do with them?

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2010 14:15:28 GMT
blofeld doesn't seem to know what he's on about.there was more teds in the 70's than in the 50's and many of us still are teds.we are not revivalists at all!if it wasn't for the 70's teds the music would have died out completely and there wouldn't have been the ''jive clubs'' for all the weekend warriors and jive bunnies to go to now
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