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Spirit of 69: A Skinhead Bible Paperback – 21 Nov 1994
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An outstanding book -- International Tattoo Magazine, January, 1994
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Widely regarded as the most detailed history of the skinhead cult ever published, Spirit Of '69 has become a classic of its kind. There are chapters on the original skinheads, reggae, suedeheads, Oi!, 2 Tone, politics, today's cult and skinhead fashion. Over 30,000 copies sold.See all Product description
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2 October 2017
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Almost perfect. Good condition and as an unexpected extra signed by George Marshall to someone named Chris. Unfortunately my friend's name is Claudius. 😉
6 January 2000
This is a great book which features the skinhead way of life in pictures and text. You'll be able to read about Oi! music, RAC music, skinwear, sport, etc etc.. It's a great book and a bible to some skins even.. Only downside about it is that it shows skinheads as groups, and not as a real "way of life" (Sharps, nonpoliticals and WP skins).. I'll give it 4 / 5.. Buy it! I did, and I havent regreted it!!
9 March 2004
George Marshall's 'Spirit Of 69'and Nick Knight's 'Skinhead',published ten years earlier,are the two most referred to books in the slender canon of Skinhead literature.Where 'Skinhead'is largely pictorial,'Spirit Of 69' is an exhaustive survey of Skinhead evolution from it's 'hard Mod' roots to the present(well,1994,second edition).All bases are covered in detail-music,fashion,politics,Marshall never flinching from his task,delivering the good,the bad and the downright ugly reality in a consistent 'matey' style.Supplementing the chapters with features on the likes of 'A Clockwork Orange',Richard Allen plus a wealth of archive photography,make this a meticulous labour of love.It is with no arrogant pretence that this now classic is subtitled 'A Skinhead Bible',it being the sworn gospel for anyone with oxblood coursing through their veins.
11 September 2002
George achieved something no one can take away in any review or dissecting of this book...he was the first skin to actually write about the cult,from birth to present.....it's all here, and well represented...he's been there,seen it,lived it...maybe better will one day come out,as he himself says in the introduction.... but this is the best and only reccomendation I would make to anyone wanting to learn the history and get an understanding of where skins truly come from...an amalgamation of traditional British working class and Jamaican working class style.....well done George, my copy is still regularly thumbed with both pride and interest, and until that better book comes (?!), this is the boss!!
9 July 2000
When I first read this book many people said skinheads are about nationalism and voilence,well,this is not true all the information about skinheads is explaining how Hard Mods or gang mods evolved into the skinhead cult.Skinheads listened to soul music originally and were Quite racially tolerant because most their mates were black "rude boys" or "yardies"
2 October 2014
Great book about the skinhead culture. Buy this and the nick knight book and your sorted. But you can save your self 70 quid as you can download this as a PDF through a skinhead website. Happy hunting.
1 November 2002
this book is a must for anyone interested in sub-cultures (like meself). its got plenty of great pictures, and the writing is a little bit like listening to an old skinhead telling a young skinhead how it really is. not in a preachy, things were better in my day kind of way, just in a laying out the facts type of way. put it on your shelf NOW.
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