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on 27 October 2005
Chris Brown provides a fantastic social and cultural history of Bristol and the UK in the 70s. What runs through this book is a well thought out account of not just the appeal and excitement but also the brutality of football violence and the lifestyle of following a football team, mixed with an accurate account of the brutality and social upheaval of the Britain of the time. Woven into the account of growing up as a young man attracted to football violence is a brilliant and accurate account of the fashion and music scene of the 70s. Through music Brown and his mates show how multifaceted, intelligent and contradictory as characters they are which gives the reader plenty of food for thought about their own character. His discussion of favourite tracks of the time ranging from Manu Dibango, Bootsy Collins, Maceo Parker, Toot and the Maytals and Symarip shows the diverse nature and openness of the music scene in the 70s. Brown also has a keen eye on the fashion and how it changed and mutated. Monkey boots, jelly sandals, harrington jackets, oxford bags, shirts with fly away collars all make an appearance. Only someone who lived through the period and is as honest as Brown is could have written as sharp an account of the period as this. Being a Bristol City fan I could have ignored this, I'm glad I didn't.
Anyone who thinks this book is cashing in on the trend for football hooligan books should think again - its honest, accurrate, thoughtful and direct and speaks volumes about the characters and time period it describes. Go and buy a copy.
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