Paul Hallam has a new book imprint, with the idea of producing a series of vintage-style ‘pulp fiction’, It kicks off with A Crafty Cigarette – Tales of a Teenage Mod by Matteo Sedazzari.
The book is described as a ‘powerful story of a teenager coming of age in the 70s’, discovering the Jam and in turn becoming a mod. It gives him a voice, confidence and a fresh new outlook towards life, his family, his school, friends, girls and the world in general.
As the mod revival kicks in, he finds more mods of his age, becoming a leading light within the young mods of his peer group, although funds prevent any of them enjoying the mod scene in there capital. Instead the group have their adventures out in the suburbs, ranging from fighting the local pub men and standing up to a local skinhead bully to ‘nicking Bruce Foxton’s bass’.
The pre-publicity pitches the book as a ‘candid snapshot of English suburban life in the late 70s and early 80s’, adding that it is ‘raw, honest, dark and witty, with the values and culture of mod being paramount throughout, though not always presented as the be all and end all’.
There’s also a foreword by John Cooper Clarke, an ex-mod himself. If you want to order a copy of the book you can do that now. It retails for £8.