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NOT ALL GLAM ROCK AND FLARES
on 5 July 2009
I grew up in the 1970's, and to see it portrayed on TV as mostly music and glam rock annoys me. There was so much going on which would colour the future not only for England but for the world. The strikes, power cuts, IRA terror attacks, the Yorkshire Ripper, and other things which are mostly glossed over as practically irrelevant when talking about the 1970's.
I started secondary school in 1973, so I remember these things, but trying to explain the 1970's to my 15 year old son is sometimes a total contrast to what he reads on the internet.
The thing which fascinated me most was the tribalism. This was the time when particular "gangs" and organisations started coming to the fore, something which I had forgotten over the years. How these gangs caused so much unrest and violence. I had completely forgotten that the root of these were grounded in the 1970's. Groups such as the National Front
and skinheads were always thought to be connected, but this book explains the difference between these 2 groups of people. You see that things are not always as they seem on the surface
This book covers these things and more. The music is mainly remembered as Abba and Glam Rock, The Bee Gees, but it was far more than that. There were some cracking songs and groups/singers around in the 1970's which never get a mention, including the Candi Staton song which is the title of the book.
This has to be the best book I've read for many years. Dave Haslam covers not only the things everybody remembers, but things which we have maybe forgot. He doesn't overwhelm the reader with his own particular remmbrances, he covers everything as a whole. Another thing I liked about this book is he doesn't patronise the reader. I have read books about the 1960's for a university project, and the way it was written made me feel pretty stupid at times, as if I were a small child and the writer was the teacher who has me standing in the corner of the room.
If you are looking for a book which explains what happened here in England, or for that matter, worldwide in the '70's you can't find a better book than this. He deals indepth too with the music of the times, and it is very very informative. For example I found out that the Kinks song Lola is about a transvestite. The demise of the Beatles is a feature which is covered, showing how their musical legacy coloured the musical future throughout the '70's.
It is an easy book to get through, and every page has things which have been forgotten covered in detail. It is definitely NOT a boring retrospective, far from it. It is written by someone who has a love of the time, someone who lived through it, who understands what happened, why it happened, and explains how it has coloured our futures.
It is NOT a book written by an author who sees everything through rose coloured glasses. It is a true account of the "decade time forgot".
It is NOT a book though which you can dip in and out of. It is a book which you will want to read all the way through again and again.
My 15 year old is eager to read it.
It is a cracking book. Buy a couple of copies because you'll read it so many times, you'll need to replace it over and over.