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Wheels Out of Gear: 2-Tone, The Specials and a World in Flame (2017 edition)

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New (2017) edition of a book first published in 2004, WHEELS OUT OF GEAR is a vibrant exploration of the 2-Tone, Mod and Oi! movements of the late 1970s and early ’80s, set against the turbulent backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.

To a soundtrack provided by the Specials, the Jam, the Angelic Upstarts and more, Britain reeled beneath a firestorm of brutal, and constantly escalating political confrontation.

Wheels Out of Gear is an unflinching portrait of this tumultuous time, a stoy which Uncutmagazine described as “a fine book that is as much social history as musical biography,” and Record Collectorcalled “a fascinating and essential account of what happened, the way we remember it.”

 

 

The Psychedelic Furs – Beautiful Chaos (2017 edition)

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To celebrate 40 years of the Furs… a new edition of the ultimate story of the ultimate post-punk band.  Combining the chaos and vocal rasp of the Sex Pistols with a Bowie-esque glamour, the Psychedelic Furs hit the big time in the U.S. when John Hughes wrote a movie based on their early single “Pretty in Pink.” Poised to join U2 and Simple Minds in the premier league, they withdrew behind their shades, remaining a cult act, but one with a hugely devoted following.

This book was first published in 2004.

 

Those We Have Loved – Casualties and Catastrophes of the Football League, 1888-1988

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Originally published across two volumes in 1987-1988, “Those We Have Loved” is the story of the thirty Football League sides voted, or otherwise removed, from the competition in the years before automatic promotion and relegation were introduced..

Colourful contemporary match reports, in-depth background detail and modern analysis combine to tell a thoroughly alternate history of English football; the story of lives lived for the most part at the lower end of the League, but every one tinged with glory and triumph alongside the final tragedies.

Fully revised and updated to note the rebirth of at least a few of the clubs featured, it is a reminder that many of those we have loved are still beloved today.

Featuring full Football League histories of Aberdare Athletic, Accrington, Accrington Stanley, Ashington, Barrow, Bootle, Bradford Park Avenue, Burton Swifts, Burton United, Burton Wanderers, Darwen, Durham City, Gainsborough Trinity, Gateshead, Glossop North End, Leeds City, Loughborough, Merthyr Town, Middlesbrough Ironopolis, Nelson, New Brighton, New Brighton Tower, Newport County, Northwich Victoria, South Shields, Southport, Stalybridge Celtic, Thames, Wigan Borough, Workington, plus wartime guests Aberaman, Bath City, Croydon Common and Lovell’s Athletic.

Visit exleaguefootballclubs.wordpress.com for excerpts and more.