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Skinheads, Mods, Teddy Boys, Hell's Angels, Punks, Glory Boys to call quite a few ... this interesting booklet is the definitive advisor to hooligan heritage within the united kingdom. It examines who the boys at the back of the cults have been, what made them tick and why they fought their battles.These warring early life factions encouraged copycat cultures around the world. This in-depth booklet cuts throughout the myths that Fleet highway outfitted up round the cults; it tells the reality in regards to the younger, offended Britain of the Nineteen Seventies that encouraged a kaleidoscope of chaos which keeps to at the present time with copycat scenes all over from Argentina to China and Japan.

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An older kid saw his chance and seized it. He vaulted the counter, opened the till and helped himself to the takings, taking to his heels just seconds before the police arrived. Years later, the comedian Malcolm Hardee confessed to me that this opportunist tealeaf had been him. To the papers, politicians and the TV news, hooliganism is all just pointless – either mindless violence or empty bravado. But they see youth cults only from the outside, from a distance. They see the boot go in or the window smash but they don’t see the creativity and culture – the art, the music, the style, poetry, literature, friendships and the feeling, goddamn it, the feeling of being part of something, something now, something happening, something that matters.

It’s the Sweeney of street style. If there ever was an SAS of hooligans, these guys were it. The Rockabillies don’t run, but they’re not happy. The ambushers have been ambushed themselves. They shrink into a circle. Hands reach for coshes, chains and knives. They aren’t nearly enough. It’s all over very quickly. Bank Holidays and beach fighting go together like pie and mash, strawberries and cream, bovver and boot. This very English tradition has been revived this particular year in the wake of the exciting mod renewal that has shaken up London and the Home Counties.

Many of the original Teds had ditched the cult by now, moving on in the only way acceptable to any gang – by getting spliced and having kids. The new wave of Teds had a different understanding of the Teddy Boy ethic. Fighting continued in backstreets, arcades and fairgrounds, but now the music had become the main thing. Teds had lost their subversive edge in the eyes of the media, and, although the term was to stay synonymous with ‘hooligan’ for some time to come, the image of the Teds became almost cuddly.

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