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Crazy Man Crazy: Teds versus Punks and other gang wars
Teds vs Punks - Book - by Noel Razor Smith
Not everyone was a Punk in 1976. In fact, most young people
danced to a different beat and wore their hair in entirely different ways. Noel
Smith was a 16 year old Teddy Boy who bought his first drape suit and styled
his hair into a quiff just as the long hot summer began. By the time the
heatwave ended, he’d become the leader of a gang of South London rockabilly
rebels and led them into battle with all manner of other street gangs –
including Punks, Skins, Smoothies and bikers.
This is the sharpest and truest telling of London’s gang
wars fought between 1976 and 1982 that’s ever been written. Drawing on a cast
of hugely memorable characters Noel tells the shockingly violent and sometimes
hilarious story of what life was like for he and his gang of Balham Wildkatz.
The clothes, the music, the pubs and parties of those far from golden years are
all recalled in vivid and engrossing detail.
It’s all crazy man, crazy.