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THE PRINTED WORD

Having just noticed that the initiator of the latest "book" thread left the site taking the discussion with him, it's my turn again to revive it; being too important a topic to be dropped, imo.

Having finished "Get Carter" by Ted Lewis over the Holidays, I'll soon start with "Jack Carters Law", a prequel set in late 60s Soho.

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  • During the So-Cal Mod revival of the mid-1980s, one teen's simple quest to buy a Vespa is about to turn into an amazing story.

    It's 1985, and to say Tommy Daniels is Mod-obsessed is no understatement: buying a scooter is the ultimate goal of his young life. When he hits the road on his search, it will be the strangest, most shocking three days imaginable, and he'll encounter a host of colorful characters, including a jerk cop and the Mod girl of his dreams, but nothing's going to stand in his way. His is a story of wanting something so badly, you'll put everything on the line to get it. Along the way, each chapter introduces a soundtrack song from Tommy's Mod mixtape. 

    Also included, "It's a Way of Life," an essay about the Mod revival in 1980s Southern California by Bart Mendoza, lead singer of the band Manual Scan, noted music journalist, and a prime player in the San Diego Mod scene. This prose novel includes a color image section featuring some prime Mod moments in California from the 1980s, as well as acclaimed artist Ralph Cosentino's cover for Dr. Harvey's Victor the Vespa, the fictional book written by a character in the story!

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  • Co-creator of my favorite character from the Marvel Universe... R.I.P. Steve Ditko (2nd November 1927 - 29th June 2018)

     

    • And Dr. Strange.  Big fan.  RIP.

    • ... unifying generations of boys...

  • I remember reading about this 1960's social experiment and publication by the journalist John Howard Griffin a few years ago. This will sit nicely alongside, Absolute Beginers - Colin Macinnes, The Lonely Londoners - Sam Selvon, The Land Where The Blues Began - Alan Lomax and The Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison on my bookshelf...

    "Predjudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance."

    Dr Nathan Rutstein

     

    • Seems like he influenced Günter Wallraff, who went to work in a coalmine disguised as a Turk in Germany in the 70s.

    • I find it really sad Kai, that in these supposedly enlightened times, we have to refer back to lessons learned from the past. Whilst there is nothing wrong with genuine ignorance, the problem starts with those who still wishing to remain so. 

    • Well said, Gary! Lots of people seem resistant to learn lessons from the past. 

  • I was sent this by another MG member as a gift, thankyou. I will let you know how it reads.

    • Ordered that one, too.

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