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Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League Paperback – 4 Sep 2014

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd (4 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906850690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906850692
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written with a raffish exuberance worthy of its subject. -- Times Literary Supplement 'A hugely entertaining account of the north American Soccer League in its 1970s heyday.' -- Fergus Kelly Daily Express 'A fantastic book!' -- Danny Kelly Talksport Radio

'A compendious but vividly entertaining history of the League.' -- Independent on Sunday 'Rock 'n' Roll Soccer is a compelling yomp through the tales that really made the NASL unique, from the 35-yard-line shootout tiebreaker to the Minnesota Kicks' legendary tailgates. There's been nothing like the NASL since, and Plenderleith captures it very well indeed.' Inbedwithmaradona 'A brilliant and necessary read.' 'Ian Plenderleith's rip-roaring Rock 'n' Roll Soccer is an account of the 1970s North American Soccer League which serves as a warning of what happens when football chooses to be simply a branch of a global entertainment industry and forgets where it came from on the way.' -- Mark Perryman Beyond the Froth 'This gem of a book is an excellent cultural document of sports and deserves to be read widely (and enjoyed) by even the most jaded of footy fans.' -- Cliff Shepard Bertrams Magazine Review

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Written with a raffish exuberance worthy of its subject. (Times Literary Supplement)

'A hugely entertaining account of the north American Soccer League in its 1970s heyday.' (Fergus Kelly Daily Express)

'A fantastic book!' (Danny Kelly Talksport Radio)

'A compendious but vividly entertaining history of the League.'
(Independent on Sunday)

'Rock 'n' Roll Soccer is a compelling yomp through the tales that really made the NASL unique, from the 35-yard-line shootout tiebreaker to the Minnesota Kicks' legendary tailgates. There's been nothing like the NASL since, and Plenderleith captures it very well indeed.' (Inbedwithmaradona)

'A brilliant and necessary read.'

'Ian Plenderleith’s rip-roaring Rock 'n' Roll Soccer is an account of the 1970s North American Soccer League which serves as a warning of what happens when football chooses to be simply a branch of a global entertainment industry and forgets where it came from on the way.' (Mark Perryman Beyond the Froth)

'This gem of a book is an excellent cultural document of sports and deserves to be read widely (and enjoyed) by even the most jaded of footy fans.' (Cliff Shepard Bertrams Magazine Review)

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This book brought me back to the good old days of the NASL. There are stories about the start of the league, the Rush to expand in the late 70s, Commissioner Phil Woosnam's obsession with being as big as the National Football League, told by the players and executives who were there. Just as I wish the NASL had survived, I wish this book had been written sooner. But it was worth the wait.
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This is a splendid book. Although it explicitly claims not to be a history of the NASL, and it's right, it isn't, it is very, very informative. It seems that Mr Plenderleith the author has also written the book with a wry smile on his face because football is only a game after all. There is plenty of humour and the half time entertainment is a lot of fun. The most fascinating thought the book leaves you with is that despite folding in 1984 the NASL can be seen to have left a legacy which is very visible in the English Premier League.
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The NASL seemed glamorous to a child of the 70's, particularly when compared to the English Football League. There were the cheerleaders, the huge crowds, the International stars, it seemed to represent exactly what football could become. But this book gives another side to the story. It wasn't all glamour and glitz after all. The title might imply as much, but even rock'n'roll isn't a barrel of laughs all the time. With the help of testimony's from league officials and former players - both well known and, in most cases, less so - the author uncovers the truth behind the NASL's history and reveals that it wasn't all about The New York Cosmos. In fact most of the clubs were lucky to get even a fraction of the crowds that Pele, Beckenbauer et al could attract, with some lasting only a couple of seasons before financial realities forced them to either fold or move to another part of the continent. But many of the innovations the league introduced, or tried to introduce, although derided by the football world at the time, have since been adopted and are fundamental to the game as a whole. In that sense the NASL was revolutionary. For anyone interested in football, and in particular a part of footballing history that has been largely ignored, you need to read this book.
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