FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Boy About Town: A Memoir has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Ships from the UK. Former Library books. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. 100% Money Back Guarantee. Your purchase also supports literacy charities.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

Boy About Town: A Memoir Paperback – 4 Jul 2013

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback, 4 Jul 2013
£14.99
£3.55 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£14.99 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Boy About Town: A Memoir
  • +
  • That's Entertainment: My Life in the Jam
  • +
  • Thick as Thieves: Personal Situations with The Jam
Total price: £40.53
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann; 1st edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434021679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434021673
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 625,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

"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 memoirfull 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)

Book Description

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

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is rather a sad book on reflection. It's a nostalgic look back at a Golden Age of youth music (late 70s/early 80s), and charts, (literally, from 50 down to No.1 in chapter numbers) Tony Fletcher's journey through his teenage years. Quite a story, too with all of the complexities and contradictions of growing up. In some ways he's very advanced for his years (older friends, good musical taste, rubbing shoulders with various stars), but by his own admission he was a very late developer physically (this leads to bullying, insecurity and introversion). And what emerges is a picture of a young lad pushing himself to grab a bit of music industry lime-light for the sake of some self-empowerment and as an escape from having his trousers pulled-down in the playground. Fletcher starts a fanzine, eventually called "Jammin'" and eventually an industry success, and one that gives him access to Keith Moon, Pete Townshend and Paul Weller, and hence a musical heritage linking Mods ancient and, er, modern. But he has two real aims - to be a rock star himself, and to lose his virginity - so, it's a universal story that lots of people can relate to. But here's why it's so sad . . . I'd never heard of Tony Fletcher before reading this, so while he crowingly loses his cherry before the end of the book, rock stardom obviously eluded him, and the conclusion really is that a book that is packed with hope, expectation, ambition and optimism (and ends with a chapter entitled "Start"), is really a (chart) count-down to the end of what probably turned-out to be the author's own Golden Age. Again, something too many of us can probably relate to.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
So first, sorry if this review dips its grubby hand into the Pocket of Clichés & let me make it crystal clear folks, this book is anything but cliched.

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
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a gift for my music and rock/punk culture mad brother. He is a big reader so finding something he didn't already have was a bonus! He said it was a a great read, really entertaining and took him back to his youth, said he had a smile on his face while reading!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fab read for anyone interested in the music of the 1970s. Of special interest to me because the author grew up in my home town and supported the same football team as my brothers. And, Tony Fletcher has an added bonus - he can really write!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
This is simply wonderful stuff!

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!!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you are one of the thousands who know the music between 76-82 will never be bettered then this is the book for you. The stories and memories contained within this book won't be the same as yours but they'll be so close that you will laugh and cringe in equal measure as you recognize the author's faltering adolescent steps. For those of us who stayed as Thick of Thieves read on.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Book received Thursday 4th July. Book read by Fri 5th July.

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 ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback