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THIS IS OUR GENERATION CALLING -
YOUTH CULTURE IN & AROUND SHEFFIELD 1976-1996
by Tony Beesley
Don't be fooled by the cover! A vast amount of the book relates to the mod scene in general, with all the appropriate attention to detail.
For those of you on the lookout for a great read over the coming holidays, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Covering the years that brought us punk rock, new wave, the ska & mod revivals, the casual era, acid house, & britpop as well as all aspects of the indie scene in that part of the country – a good 20 years worth, with, unusually, a vast amount of attention paid to youth culture from a female prospective.
An A4 sized paperback, over 400 pages long, the book is packed with the reminiscences of scene-makers together with fantastic previously unpublished photos.
Of particular interest of our mod inclined audience are the many chapters & photos relating to all aspects of mod during the era, from the innocence of the initial mod revival to the informed elitism of the acid jazz movement.
The many contributions are warm, humorous, & impassioned, highlighting another time, when youth culture still provided the hints the mainstream media needed to bring a scene to the general public, as well as great bands, some still well known, some still playing (unfortunately), & many which are now a distant, but warm memory.
For those of you who were there, or, if you are like me are too young, but have a fascination with all things retro, this book is a cracking read. Buy & enjoy!