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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    My current read, l’m about half way through and really savouring it. Seems to be a thoroughly well researched and written book by The Bard of Barking. Plenty of interesting side stories and, of course, many of the people involved crossed over into the UK’s nascent R&B scene of the early 60s  - and we all know where that led  ;o)


    • I first saw Billy Brag live when he supported the Style Council up here in the Spring of 84. He took to the massive stage of the Glasgow Apollo with just a guitar and a small amp and was brilliant.

      Its no wonder the guy at the front of the picture has a pained expression on his face; it looks like the guy under him is pulling a wire out of his arse ha ha

    • Yeah, I’ve seen him quite a few times over the years Chris,   with bands (saw Ian McLagan with him in Billy Bragg and the Blokes) and solo as you describe. He’s always good value and has an admirably strong social conscience too. 

      I think that’s a tea chest bass the guy lying down is playing but can’t for the life of me imagine where the tea chest is. 

    • Similar to yourself Steve, I have seen Billy Bragg live on many an occasion. As well as his deep held political convictions he has written a lot of really good songs and knows how to do a good gig.  The first time he played a big venue up here was when he did the Barrowlands in 85. His support that night was a guy called Ted Hawkins who was fantastic in the same way Bragg had been when he supported the Style Council a year earlier. I am envious about the gig with Billy Bragg and Ian Mac, that sounds amazing.

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      Woah!  Ted Hawkins, now that takes me back - my turn to be jealous. Never saw him but in the early 80s I scoured Venice Beach for a couple of days in the hope of doing so. 

      I think I heard somewhere that Andy Kershaw acted as Billy and Ted’s roadie around that time. 

    • And you’re absolutely right about Billy’s songwriting Chris, he wears his heart on his sleeve, stuff like Tank Park Salute are guaranteed to bring a lump to my throat. 

      The most evocative of all is  Walk Away Renee, he could be recounting my life at that age, even though the circumstances are completely different; it’s just got that feel. 

      Billy Bragg - Walk Away Renee

      I also think this is a perfect companion piece to it, Kevin also has that intimate conversational style down to a tee.

      Dexy’s Midnight Runners - Reninisce Part Two

    • Ted Hawkins was yet another great live act. Saw him maybe half a dozen times and would have went more, but he just sort of disappeared. I think you may be right about Andy Kershaw too.

      A couple of great songs there Steve. I have the Dont Stand me Down album so I am familiar with Reminisce PT II. I had never heard that Billy Bragg song before but it is really good. So many of his songs were (are) really good. One of my favourites has to be Levi Stubbs Tears.

    • The Saturday Boy: 

      “Thinking back she made us want her
      A girl not old enough to shave her legs”

       Pure magic
  • 1013059775?profile=RESIZE_930xNew heavyweight on the bookshelf.

    • Carried it home in my shoulder back at noon. Shoulder still hurts, hahaha!

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