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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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    • Ha Ha Ha!
    • Nice one Gary, very funny indeed. I think i will use it and pass it off as my own line ha ha
    • Reading both simultaniously atm.
  • This one slipped under my radar obviously; Looks like essential read though. Anybody got this yet?

    • Wow! Thanks for posting that one Motown. I'd never heard of it and love the so called Beat Generation, so this is a must get. 

    • I like the look of this one. Looks like it could lead onto other great beat books, nice post Motown.

  • Really impressed by my holidays' read. The background story is the same you've read a dozen or so times before; but like a good christian with his gospels, I never tire of reading it time and time again: the Swinging Sixties from early jazz loving modernists to the dawn of psychedelia. A bit sceptical at first about the main character being a bit of a Little Lord Fauntleroy, I got to endear Tara Browne throughout the read so much that it's easy to see why for many of his contemporaries the Sixties ended with his untimely death.

    • A really good and incisive review Kai. I get a distinct sense of this book. Like all popular culture Modernism/Mod is born out of the energy and creativity of the working classes and then commercialised and exploited. I can well understand your scepticism of the main character.

      This is what we call class distinction in the UK. We are regularly informed by the upper classes that class distinction no longer exists, so that we are less likely to fight for a few more crumbs from the cake. This view is endorsed by some of the lower classes in order not to face the reality of the situation. To do so would require action. Not for the faint-hearted.

      This state of affairs is often depicted as a British oddity. I doubt this. I feel it manifests itself in different ways in different countries. In your opinion, is there anything similar or comparable in Germany?

      Thanks for the review- it is excellent, and reminds me of how much I miss frames posting.

    • I do believe something similar exists in Germany and probably most european countries, albeit not (yet) as extreme as in the UK. The book (not for the first time) empazises how class destinction was abolished for the duration of the 60s, but I truly believe this to be a myth. I guess the average working class Mod wouldn't even have made it into places like the Ad Lib...
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