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Spirit of '69: A Skinhead Bible Paperback – January, 1994
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The author of this book writes in a very ranting "zine" like way (which I don't necessarily think is a bad thing) and is apparently a long time skinhead himself. Also this book is VERY English, which I suppose a skinhead history should be. The most interesting and useful stuff in Spirit of 69 is about the earliest days of the skinhead movement. After that it mainly consists of ska and oi music scene history and very poserish stuff pertaining to skinhead fashion and clothing. It does go into other topics like football hooliganism, the various factions and divisions of skinheads, the media circus that followed the skinhead scene during the 80's, some of the more infamous riots and brawls, there is even a fair amount of space given to those little Italian scooters that many skins in England used to zip around on. Its a mildly entertaining and interesting book in some parts, one thing I like about it is for the most part its an independent first hand history, which is something I would like to see more of on all topics instead of every non fiction book being written by professional academics, as is the case 95% of the time. Overall I wouldn't go out of my way to recomend Spirit of 69 to anybody unless they were highly into ska and oi music or they were some sort of retro fashion victim with a fetish for boots, braces and bald heads.
The book's a little better than average, though I expected something a bit more considering how long I waited to get a chance to rea it. This book's a bit hard to get, especially when they're selling for over $100! I secretley suspect that George Marshall himself's got a stack and sells out a couple at a time.
The style guide at the end was pretty cool.