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A Crafty Cigarette - Tales of a Teenage Mod: Foreword by John Cooper Clarke by [Sedazzari, Matteo]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1530 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publisher: ZANI Media; 1 edition (13 Mar. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01CZ2WN0A
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Similarities with my own youth,luv the music connections and anything to do with the Jam,a good holiday read,thanks alot matey. Mods Mods, Mods
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good book
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Loved it I couldn't put this book down . It took me back to my school days in the early eighties when I became a mod and I am still a mod today.
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I really loved this book and was eagerly awaiting it as I had been a fan of Matteo Sedazzari (MS) and his writing for some time for Zani, an online magazine covering my very favourite things in life - music, culture and football. A Crafty Cigarette tells the tale of a youngster's rites of passage journey from child to knowing (and naughty) youth, against the backdrop of the late 70s Mod revival which rose from Punk and New Wave. Two things immediately got hold of me - First...This was a journey I had taken at the same time as MS, albeit I was a few years older and had spent my feckless youth searching out Ben Sherman Shirts and Tonic Suits, riding a Vespa Scooter, building up a collection of Motown and Stax Records and spending anytime I could at gigs by The Jam and Secret Affair. Secondly it's set where I have lived for 20 years, Walton on Thames, and bought up my three children, and (cough) now love my young Grandson, little Modboy of the future..(How did that happen?)...I could obviously relate to it massively on these factors alone....

But, written at a fast and frantic piece, full of warm, sometimes laugh out loud vignettes, and also dark observations (Heard of The Walton Hop?? The stalking predatory arena for Jonathan King and his fellow paedos), anyone can enjoy this and I felt it very reminiscent of the Danny Baker autobiogs...warm, human and full of joy and discovery.Indeed I feel a TV adaption (albeit slightly shorter than Cradle to the Grave) would be a very fine thing.

Looking back, this was a very key time in British history. Thatcher was just getting her claws into British society, and no picnic for the caring and compassionate humanity that lived through it I can tell you.
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Can't fault the Jam and what they mean to the author and me.But I can fault this book. Seems semi autobiographical which is fine and some other reviews seem to back up some of the events. But it's not well written at all and a lot of it doesn't scan properly or even make sense. The ending is a little strange and seems to be a combination of 'if' and even a bit like James Herbert's 'the fog'. I think it's a bit of a missed opportunity. Possibly author could have read a bit more by Weller's favourite Colin Macinnes for instance?
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Quite short & didn't really live up to my expectations.
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A great and easy writing from Matteo Sedazzari. Was a pleasure to terminate my personal reading of this book and took my whole attention till the end. I consumed it in few days. Highly recommended!
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Reasonable read ok for Holiday reading
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