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Saturday, July 04, 2009
New Book on Manchester's Underground Scene - Win A Copy
We live in an age of ‘thug literature’ and post-Rave documentaries. A time when 70s ‘bootboys’ or 80s ‘casuals’ memoirs are littered with tales of pillage and fashion. Ian Hough places this era under a spotlight and, with an assortment of voices from those who were there, he paints a picture of the city he calls “the sleeping giant of British culture” – Manchester – considered by many to be the epicentre of working-class cool.
Perry Boys Abroad is Manchester’s journey, both physical and cultural, from northern obscurity to global recognition as a scene to be reckoned with. Its famous nightclubs and football terraces have left a legacy of fashion, music and criminal networks whose tentacles now stretch around the world. All of this is examined with humour and wit.
Beginning with the 60s mod-skinhead phase that was swallowed up by northern soul, itself consumed by the Bowie-influenced mid-70s, the book explains how disparate style tribes melded and fed into Manchester’s fabled Perry boys scene, a soul-influenced underground society of football hooligans and grafters. Accounts from those who frequented Wigan Casino, the Factory Nights at the Russell Club, Pips’ Roxy Room and the city centre haunts of the legendary Quality Street gang unfold a remarkable collective history.
The eclectic urban cocktail that saw firms of Manchester designer-thugs jet off to wreak havoc and deal in counterfeit merchandise abroad will amuse and fascinate in equal measure. The later developments of the Manchester music scene, including the Stone Roses and Oasis, all served to propel Manchester into the spotlight, and these bands were among the first to emulate the Perry look intentionally.
Perry Boys Abroad is a refreshingly different kind of “thug literature”. It relates how football casual gangs re-introduced LSD into Britain in the mid-80s, and how the rave era nurtured an underbelly of violence and hard drugs. Tales of gold smuggling from Manhattan, mayhem on Israeli Kibbutzim, amphetamine labs in the American West, grafting in Mexico, plus the counterfeit goods industry in Australia, form a jigsaw whose pieces have one thing in common; they are graduates of Britain’s ‘casual’ era, and they operate in a self-enforced exile.
Read Perry Boys Abroad and learn about the secret army that formed a world of its own. The book is available on Amazon
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