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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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
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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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I'm only half way through the book but already feel that it deserves a 5 star review.
A Crafty Cigarette took me back to my teenage years full of excitement and troubles, dreams and challenges. I actually remembered long forgotten events from those years (long gone). Matteo uses amazingly colourful and personal writing style with a sarcastic edge which I love.
Anyways, Im going back to reading as Im curious how the current chapter unfolds...

Go and get it! Worth every penny.
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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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The book captures the essence of what it was like to grow up during this period. My childhood wasn't quite as explosive but it had its moments. Sedazzari writes simply but effectively.
Recommended if you want a snapshot of life in the late 70s/early 80s.
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It is essentially about a young lad discovering music and all things mod and his experiences whilst growing into the 'scene'.
It featured a lot of situations that I indentified with. The language used is down to earth and easy to comprehend yet creates vivid images.It is a fast paced read and very believable, in fact I think it maybe an autobiography without really meaning to be.
This years best book ever if you were a mod in the late 70s early 80s - an absolute pleasure to read, I highly recommend
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This took me back in time, like a tardis, to my youth. Some of the characters could have been my friends and enemies. School discos, trips to Carnaby Street. The Jam, RSGs, being chased by the local skins. The laughs, the bands, the clothes, the girls, didn't we have a nice time, oh wasn't it such a fine time...

Very good book, laugh out loud moments. If like me you were at school at this time 79-84, were into the revival, you'll love this book.
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Finished this the other day. It's another easy read and a great trip down memory lane, for anyone of the Mod revival era. It is narrated like a breathless and excitable (early) teenager. Whilst this is set in '78/79' (and ergo about 3 or 4 years before I hit my teens) there is much to be recognised with the clothes and the situations and scrapes that Matteo and his acolytes get up to both in and out of school. (A lot of fear and loathing in Secondary Modern). It's West London/Surrey setting is also very familiar to me and so I enjoyed the many parts that resonated with me personally. I would think that the work is semi-fiction and suspect that many parts actually did happen. The more fictional ending owes a debt to Lindsay Anderson's If (classic late 60's film starring Malcolm McDowell). All in all worth a read and as far as I'm aware the first Mod-revival fiction in the Mod cannon. Hat's off to Matteo and Paul J Hallam whose Old Dog Publishing venture hopes to bring out more youth-cult fiction in the not to distant future. Recommended!
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nifty little novel... ought to be made into a neat little film... play for today style... it brought back tons of memories from my own youth, going through much the same trials and tribulations.
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