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Bovver Paperback – 1 Mar 2002
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'THIS IS THE BOOK THAT'S GOING TO BLOW US ALL AWAY.' DOUGIE BRIMSON, AUTHOR OF BARMY ARMY 'AN ABSOLUTE MUST FOR ANYONE REMOTELY INTERESTED IN FOOTBALL, FASHION OR MUSIC. BRILLIANT!' THE SUNDAY PEOPLE 'THAT, MY MAN, IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. LOVE IT. REALLY, REALLY GOOD...' MARTIN KNIGHT, AUTHOR OF HOOLIFAN
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However, Chris Brown’s book is refreshing because it occurs before the dressers and the casuals began to run amok in the 80s. It really is as the title suggests, about the bovver boys, the doc martin/hob-nail boot boys defending their team’s name for all they are worth. The tie-ins with the music of the times, the clothes and how important they were then as much as they were to the casuals et al. Chris Brown has a great handle on the importance of music and clothes in life. For sure not everybody wants to read about disco/funk music, but these passages in the book are not over bearing, and it’s always interesting to follow the trajectory from 60s skinhead reggae up to the book’s culmination years of punk and new wave.
Some of his jokes are as old as the hills, but again he’s reaching back 30 years before this book was written. Some of the fight scenarios make him and his gang come off as bullies, which I’m sure he is aware of, codes are certainly different these days as to what they were back then. All told it’s an honest book, funny and frightening, but always informative. It would be nice to have more books from this genre of literature dealing with the 60s and 70s side of thuggery, with music and clothing accompaniments as well of course. Good work Browner. 8/10
The book reads at a great pace and is full of humour and the frustrations of being a young man in 1970's England. It does not seek to glorify the violence of those days but tells it in a warts and all style, you feel that you are actually on those dangerous terraces of those dark days.
Have re-read twice which is something I normally never do.
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