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Cockney Reject Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Blake Publishing (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844540545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844540549
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 697,003 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Not a big fan of their music, but was interested in their story. Head cases to be honest, didn't seem to take much nonsense from anyone and if you did annoy them you would be left floored. At times I was thinking, would it not have been best to walk away from some situations instead always taking things head on. Kind of amazing that Jeff Turner was only fifteen (going to school and being on TOTP) and taking on people sometimes twice his age. It shows he had to grow up quick in the music industry, but he also didn't suffer fools.

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!!
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Format: Paperback
Fighting, football, felonies, furore, fame and falls aplenty generally make up the contents of Cockney Reject by Jeff Turner and Garry Bushell. The 2010 autobiography of Stinky Turner (a.k.a. Jeff Turner/Geggus) with a foreword by Morrissey is a brutal account of the ups and downs of the Cockney Rejects lead singer.
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!
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Format: Hardcover
What a great read. This is a must for those of you that grew up with punk & oi. What a rough ride they had. The Rejects were certainly a big influence for me. Seeing a bunch of kids that looked just like me on Top of the Pops was all it took. What I didn't realise was what they were going through during those early years. I never stopped listening to their early stuff. Now after reading the book I want to hear more of their later heavy rock.
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.
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By Gogol VINE VOICE on 11 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
The history of one of the great underrated bands of the punk era put together with a little help from Gary Bushell (A man who I certainly wouldnt call a man of the people and anyone who lived through the 80s would confirm that one) The book is frank and to the point. The ups and the many downs of the band are well documented in this book from the riot in Birmingham to the near riot in Liverpool. The punk groupies (The girl who went through the entire band in Grimsby) To them nearly giving Ozzie a heart attack. Quite amazing to read how old they were though! They were literally just kids.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
On the face of it, the ideal crossover book between two publishing mainstays - the rock 'n' roll memoir and the terrace aggro book. You wonder how many mainstream readers know who Turner is but some sections - the riot/gig chapter in particular - are frankly chilling. It's a good read but it feels more like Gary Bushell's book than Turner's. .
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Format: Hardcover
Garry Bushell the voice of the people and Daily Star on Sunday columnist does it again.

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...
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Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant, once you start reading it you can't put it down. I've been into Punk for many years and the Rejects etc were in my era, and i can relate to some of the stuff mentioned but i've never witnessed the shock factor described within the book.
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
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