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- Print Length: 164 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1526203561
- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 67 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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. The moment The Jam went straight into number one with Going Underground and the video beamed out at us kids into our living rooms, was one momentous life changing occasion. That moment is
beautifully captured in the narrative. Transported me back in time. Beautiful.
Indeed the passion for The Jam that runs through this book is one of its strengths.. When you saw the hundreds flocking to the recent About the Young Idea Exhibition at Somerset, you realise how important they were and are. They shaped good people with positive life ideas and a conscience. I know I can say that for myself and MS comes across strongly in this vein too.
Not so beautiful is my memory of 'The Pub Man' as described to a tee by MS. Some Dennis Waterman looking type in a brown leather jacket who would take you on just because you had a suit, jam shoes and a pretty girl on your arm. Many a time I returned home with my features splattered across my face having been attacked by said pub man. Always satisfied though if my lady was ok and my suit hadn't got torn.'We don't care cos we know we're right'.......
The mayhem in the denouement at Rydens School (where my kids all went and where i visualised myself at parents evening as all hell breaks loose in the book) is riproaringly funny.
If you're an embracer of mod culture and /or a Jam fan this is a dead cert...but if not still give it a punt. It's great.
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