A Crafty Cig­a­rette – Tales Of A Teenage Mod Mat­teo Sedaz­zari [Old Dog books]

ISBN 978-0-9934309-0-9

Scootering - - Kick­start - Sarge

Fic­tional story set in sub­ur­bia on the out­skirts of Lon­don in the late 70s. A rites of pas­sage tale that fol­lows a UK born Ital­ian young­ster as he dis­cov­ers mu­sic, fash­ion and the fe­male of the species. He gets caught up in scrapes, skir­mishes and sit­u­a­tions at school, while he’s out and about and right on his own doorstep. Many of which any­one who was a sim­i­lar age dur­ing that pe­riod can em­pathise with from their own teenage years. He dis­cov­ers mu­sic via The Jam al­bum All Mod Cons, join­ing the ranks of re­vival era Mods which be­comes a ma­jor part of his life. No­table in­ci­dents among the many in­clude a punch-up with a min­der wannabe type char­ac­ter, run ins with the lo­cal skin­heads and an ex­cur­sion that re­sults in kid­nap­ping Bruce Fox­ton’s bass guitar! It’s writ­ten in first per­son nar­ra­tive, in a style and de­liv­ery rem­i­nis­cent of Hunter S Thomp­son, with a dis­tinctly Angli­cised twist. Although fic­tional, its ob­vi­ous that a lot of the con­tent in Mat­teo’s book is drawn from his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences. Cap­tur­ing the era well, it’s a de­cent pulp fiction read, with a healthy dose of lad­dish hu­mour.

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