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Memoirs of a Dipper
Memoirs of a Dipper
by Nell Leyshon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Heart & Soul & Grit, 22 Sept. 2016
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This lean novel -- there's more fat on a butcher's pencil -- chronicles the life of Gary, a dipper... dips into purses, dips into pockets, dips in silver paper when his pint goes flat.

It's a story of childhood, of dreams, of hell and disappointment and lessons and redemption. Leyshon's gift is not only her ability to create a very real character, but also her ability to ease her reader into the character's head and masterfully control how the reader responds.

Lean and potent and visceral and moves along like an amphetamine sulphate rush.

Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock'n'Roll Underworld
Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock'n'Roll Underworld
by Keiron Pim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.88

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cap doffed, jar raised, 22 April 2016
A biography which, in its scope and breadth, serves as a fascinating history of Victorian through mid-Seventies London, with David Litvinoff as its central figure. Existing in the shadows, Litvinoff rearranged 1960s London society through having connected Chelsea aristocracy [Jagger, Clapton], Soho bohemia [Freud, Bacon] and East End criminality [Reggie, Ronnie], often finding himself running from or suffering the consequences of the results. Lovingly researched, imminently readable, Keiron Pim has set the bar incredibly high, delivering much more than promised.

A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music
A Rocket in My Pocket: The Hipster's Guide to Rockabilly Music
by Max Décharné
Edition: Paperback

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Barn-Burner Of A Page-Turner, 21 Aug. 2010
That it took until 2010 for the definitive history of rockabilly to be published is, perhaps, as great a mystery as why Charlie Feathers ain't a household name. In lesser hands, this book would've easily constituted Crimes Against Timber, but in the very capable hands of Max Décharné, we have completely different results. Steering miles away from coming across as academic or didactic, dry or boring, Décharné [or Max, as I like to call him] has given us a book every bit as loaded with history as it is loaded with the author's own passion, enthusiasm and knowledge. Quite unlike other books covering similar ground, Décharné never once tries to put himself across as being somehow cooler than his subject matter of choice, which has always been my problem with many of his peers. The remarkable strength of this book is that it's equally approachable for the curious novice as well as for the jaded rockabilly aficionado. No small feat, that. From the familiar stories that bear repeating [Jerry Lee, Elvis, Carl Perkins] to stories of the criminally unsung [Marvin Rainwater, Joe Clay, Gene Maltais] and the deliriously unhinged [Hasil Adkins, Mel Robbins, The Phantom], this book packs a hell of a wallop. Max Décharné has a long history of setting his standards high - equally through his music and his authorly doings - and 'A Rocket In My Pocket' only raises those standards. Recommended with supreme confidence.

The England's Dreaming Tapes
The England's Dreaming Tapes
by Jon Savage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Final Word?, 24 Sept. 2009
"The England's Dreaming Tapes will surely become the final word..." as the blurb round the back cover says. A bold claim when p. 721 states that "Joe Strummer died in 1992." Picking the nit aside, the book's a hell of a lot of fun to wade through [if not hernia-inducing].

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