This actually sneaked out just before Christmas, but I’v4 only now got my hands on Too Much Too Young by Steve Piper, which is published by Old Dog Books.
Yes, the same Old Dog Books which brought you the mod novel A Crafty Cigarette last year. As you might have gathered, it has only just arrived, so I’ve not had chance to read it just yet, but I suspect if you enjoyed the first book from Old Dog, you might well want to check this one out too.
As for the subject matter, this is the write-up:
November 1979. The lines are clear. Things so black and white, at least to the eyes and ears of Britain’s youth. The ragged edges of punk rock had been smoothed in to the sound of new wave and inner city housing estates had yet to decompose in to the crumbling and neglected smack and crack saturated slums of the ’90s.
Britain’s tribes were defined by differences in attitude, attire, musical allegiance, philosophies, territories and behaviour. Mods were mods, punks were punks. The Labour party was the Labour party and the Conservatives, Conservatives. The workers kept working and the bosses planned their retirement. That November on BBC’s ‘Top of the Pops’ three bands performed.
Conceived by different mothers; the Midlands of England and its capital, and yet intrinsically linked by the same sire; ska music imported from the West Indies, they signal in a new era and the arrival of the 2 Tone records gravy train. Championing a stable of fresh fledgling upstarts pumping out a punchy hybrid of ska-punk tunes, 2 Tone records grabbed the pop charts by the throat.
The nation tired and tested after two terms of turbulent Labour government voted in a Conservative administration; at its head Britain’s first ever female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. And she was out to spoil the party…