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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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  • I saw an excellent copy of this book without a price tag, at a local emporium. I have been after a good copy for awhile now so I asked a nearby assistant, in the hope of getting the book at a good price. The owner of the book turned up, saying it was his duplicate copy that has been sat on the book shelf for a couple of months, opposite a vinyl record seller, Dave's Records, thinking it would go quickly and surprised that it hadn't. It was soon established that he was a former North London (Tottenham) Modernist who frequented the Club Noreik and other such establishments circa 1965... Sharp suits, R&B and (whispers) amphetamines! I just stood there for two hours plus, listening to a like minded senior (he's 68) gentleman regale me with the musical history of a North London mod. To cut a long story short, I do believe that Steve, the North London Modernist was very happy that his, american first issue book ended up on my bookshelf, as was I ;0)

      

    • Great story Gary and it sounds like a fine way to pass a few hours. You never let us into the info on how much it cost, or is it too horrific to reveal without trauma ha ha

      • Yeah nice little anecdote, Gary! :-)
    • Only a fiver Chris. Considering the history and condition (ex/mint), a very good price... I think he let me have it at that because I knew the track and "someone with the letter P" was Lou Pride - I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un. Who he said he saw live at the Marquee Club ;0)

    • That is a fantastic buy Gary. Great classic northern track too is that Lou Pride number.

    • Cheers Chris, well chuffed with the buy from Steve "The North London Modernist..."

      The above track not to be confused with the Mel Torme tune, another cool classic in it's own right that plays good back to back with the Lou Pride number ;0)

  • My copy arrived today; will start on it asap.

    • I'm really interested in your honest and objective view, when you have finished reading the Influential Factor Kai. Or indeed anyone who has fully read the recently published and updated edition. From what I have read from the synopsis of the book, it doesn't fill me with any urgency to rush out and buy a copy so far...

    • Will let you know, Gary. Been a while since I read the first edition, but memories are rather positive.

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