Boy About Town: A Memoir Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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"Wearing the right clothes, liking the right bands – this book summons up what it meant to be a teenager in the 70s." (Guardian)
"Charming coming of age tale … An innocent’s story, engagingly told." (Mojo)
"Brought back happy memories when bands and their fans were as one." (Damian O'Neill, The Undertones)
"[A] compelling and evocative memoir …full of great memories of bands, gigs, clothes, girls and parties. It celebrates the vitality of youth and the spirt of the times." (Sabotage Times)
"[A] gripping account of the post-punk period ... one of the most essential accounts of this tumultuous yet highly productive period of British music ... Tony Fletcher is an extraordinary character … This book will certainly bring back scores of vivid memories for those of us around Tony Fletcher’s age, and is required reading for anyone who wishes to know more about the late 1970’s music scene. More than that though, is the amazing human story and vivid characterisation that will have you hooked throughout as this period once again truly comes to life." (louderthanwar.com)
Bestselling author Tony Fletcher's account of a life in love with music, taking the reader back to the glory days of the 70s.See all Product Description
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Refreshing & a REAL (360) page turner is the only way i can describe this delightful read from the talented Author Tony Fletcher, who also penned contender for best ever biog, 'Dear Boy' about Keith Moon, if ever there was one & as always paints pictures with his words.
From appointments with Madame Hand & her five lovely daughters, the running of the (much missed) excellent fanzine 'Jamming' turned record company, meeting your heroes (Well, some of them),catching gigs every other night, forming a band and what that alone brings to a teenagers life (I saw Apocalypse at the Rainbow 15th of November 1980 if the old grey cells recollect, Teddy anyone?), all this and sitting them dreaded O levels, what a blast!.
A message of "Be careful what you dream of..." Well, no! not at all, in fact, sometimes, dreams do come true (If you're prepared to put the work in!).
So thank-You Tony for the already four times read 'Boy About The Town'; I will dip into it forevermore.
So, in brief, if you love the eclectic music of 1976-1980 & all it evoked, knew of certain (so called )ever changing movements from those 'Back in Day' times, then this is the book for you, enchanting, stirring stuff indeed.
Sir Eon Ballinger (DJ) France 2013
Anyone who grew up listening to the music of the late 70s/early 80s will love this book. When I started reading I wasn't sure if it was going to be a novel, autobiography or a music book, but it cleverly manages to span all three.
The attention to detail is what really brings Boy About Town to life, beautifully evoking memories of the readers own musical journey from, from sweaty gigs in the Marquee club, to lovingly studying the artwork the the latest albums, which was critical in those days! For a brief moment It captures those glorious days, as if you are right back in the moment!
My only criticism would be that it ended to early, I wanted to know what happened next, but hopefully we can all look forward to a follow up, "Man About Town?"
Frankly I was staggered!!
That should tell you all there is about the immediacy and likeability of Tony Fletcher's Autobiography Part One (I hope that there is a Part Two; if not, there should be a law set down to force him to write it!)Because even if you weren't there when all of what happens happened (and I was)the style of writing and the urgency of the prose makes you feel like you were, hidden somewhere on the set of Tony's life with a (yet-to-be-invented) camcorder, lapping up every fried egg sandwich, Cow Gum fume inhalation and nocturnal emission with gusto.
I should explain that by 'being there' I am talking about both the era and the school that Tony attended from the age of 11 - although at the time I was (and still am) 3 years older than him - but the music and politics and dress styles and tribalism of the time are still with me, and "Boy About Town" had my mind nodding with recognition at events and bands of the era, as well as in sympathy at his failed attempts at relationships and school playground acceptance. And it is with great pleasure that I read that I discovered John Peel before him as the late great one doesn't even make an appearance until halfway through the book; in fact, it was on his radio show that I first heard "Glad To Be Gay" and that was before Mr Fletcher. One up to me! (Mind you. That's the only point I get if we are counting. Tony then runs away with it if we are.)
All throughout his life, the "runt" continues to be a runt, but defies all logic and manages to make it somewhere despite a lack of transport (only in London would he have been able to pull this all off [no double entendre intended!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this book while lying on a sunbed on holiday in Spain. I didn't read the reviews beforehand, expecting it to the about The Jam who had a song of the same name. It wasn't! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mr. P. Freeman
I'd recommend this book for anyone that rode the new wave of the late 70s.Published 16 months ago by keno1889
Great book loved reading about the rise of the jam and the hectic life of young enthusiastic music lover really enjoyable readPublished 16 months ago by nigethemod
ADVICE to kids: keep a diary. A few notes every day; what you did, who you saw, what’s going on...it seems like a pain in the butt but it’ll be worth the effort. You forget, see. Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Wise
Finished the book and I can recommend it greatly. The great thing is that the book is a first -hand witness from one of the most exciting era's in muisc. Read morePublished on 2 April 2014 by Julius
If you grew up during the 70's, bought the album's and saw/worshipped the band's herein then this book is for you. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2014 by Donna Maher