Cockney Reject Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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About the Author
Jeff Turner was the lead singer of the Cockney Rejects, seminal punk outfit and is life-long fan of West Ham FC. Peter Gerrard is the legendary author of The Guv'nor - the No1 bestselling hardback biography of 1998. He has also worked with Reggie Kray and was the co-author on Ronnie Knights autobiography, Memoirs and Confessions.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book its told with honesty, which is what I love about this book. Seen a few interviews of Jeff Turner on youtube and he seems like a really nice bloke. I hope he does well from this and the book is made into a film. If you thought the Sex Pistols were punk, check out these east end geezers!!
The music can play a secondary role in this story because in this turbulent tale a number of layers of lunacy take precedence. The Rejects arrived in 1979 with their Oi! Masterpiece Greatest Hits Vol.1 and as a 15 year old London tearaway Stinky was catapulted in to the merciless world of rock stardom. The songs were mostly about the realities of rucking from a real Eastender perspective and their allegiances to the hooligan element of West Ham United FC heightened the violent element of their mantra. All of this crystal clear chaos was to lead to grief aplenty touring across the UK. The career immaturity of this young band, testosterone overload, poor lifestyle choices, a desire to never compromise, inappropriate management and bad luck unravels as Stinky heads from Top of the Pops glory to the dole queue in only a couple of years.
The early Rejects momentum soon collapsed under the weight of a two fingers up to authority and two fists in to anybody stance. This blood, sweat and tears literature could have been called Cockney Regret-because if there was a chance to re-run those nascent days experience would have led to an alternative approach aimed at more rewards and less riots!
Nonetheless, hindsight is a troubled tool because what has gone cannot be altered. The Cockney Rejects infancy was always controversial and sometimes calamitous! However, all of the madness does not cloud the music of that era and those initial recordings still take the roof off!Read more ›
Incidently, if you search google video or you tube for "UK Subs Top of the Pops" about the third hit is "Teenage". The crowd are virtually motionless......apart from this small bunch of herberts just off stage to the right who are pogoing & jumping about, just as Stinky says they were.
The thing which does start to grate the nerves after a bit is the "Cheeky cockney rhyme slang" Through the book which is milked to the point you think that character from Mary Poppins wrote it.
Other than that, good read.
This is the best book ever written on punk, football thugs, street fashion and youth movements.
Mr Bushell has the midas touch.
I heard the great man on Talk Radio and I look forward to reading his official biog on GARRY JOHNSON and his own amazing life story BUSHELL On The Box...
I'm amazed how these guys are still alive after reading about the exploits in here
This is an essential read for any rejects/punk fan growing up in the late 70's early 80's timeframe.
THIS BOOK WOULD MAKE A CRACKING FILM
Most Recent Customer Reviews
exactly as described & in perfect condition.would definately buy from these again!Published 3 months ago by edward lee kirkbride
Liked the music. Hated the book. Punching people is NOT the answer. The only excuse is that you were so young.Published on 4 Oct. 2013 by SDHPill
Enjoyed the read as it filled gaps in my knowledge. Did seem to be a bit whinging though, a feeling of how hard done to they were. Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2013 by David Smith
Took me back to my old skinhead punk days , never seen them back in the day but the stories they tell are like the scrapes we used to get up to then ,seen them not so long ago and... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book is as charmless and unoriginal as the cover suggests. The Cockney Rejects were a pale imitation of other bands that were themselves a pale imitation of The Clash at the... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2013 by John Baird
the quality of the paper is really poor. Difficult to enjoy reading especially in a foreign language. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Irini
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