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Based on the ‘catch all’ title, you would expect this book to be yet another anthology of the UK’s ‘who’s who’ of retro hooligans sitting alongside the many other Brit-Hooligan volumes on book shelves. Refreshingly, Bushell’s take, while giving some reference to the football hard cases and their legions, decides to give the reader an insight into the ever-changing music cults and fashions to inflict themselves upon the last 50 odd years of Post WW2 youth in the UK.

 Divided into, mostly chronological, sequencing chapters ‘Hoolies’ is much more of a study into the youth cults of our nation as opposed to yet another glorification of the terrace urchins and the military-like campaigns in and around the football grounds. Well balanced and occasionally offering fresh and sometimes controversial opinions on some of the most reported disturbances to occur during the subject’s time span (the Southhall riots of 81 are finally brought to book, revealing a far less tabloid-opinionated version), this book makes compelling reading. From switch blade-wielding 1950’s Teds and ton up boys to Mods and Rockers, original skinheads, Hells’ Angels over the pond to Punk’s battle against right wing politics and the many spin offs from that youth explosion… careering through the days of Oi! – which is also given some well-deserved reassessment and insight into its true roots and merits – to the days of Poll tax riots, Class War crusties, Casuals and today’s chavs… no stone is left unturned. Even the early 80’s New Romantics are given the time of day, though obviously not a trend to Bushell’s taste.

As well as being impeccably researched and exemplifying a defiant ‘Tell it as it is’ train of thought, throughout, ‘Hoolies’ also dispels many myths whilst blowing the lid on many of pop culture’s long list of icons: Lennon, Strummer and Siouxsie Sioux are probed for their contradictory political stances, whilst a fair yet balanced analysis of such noble causes as the Anti-Nazi league are shown to be far from perfect. The attention to detail is top notch throughout with full attention given to the clothes worn and the beginnings of each cult.
Never vindictive or overtly judgemental, no punches are held back; indeed plenty are thrown during the journey… ‘Hoolies’ is a must read for anyone with even the slightest interest in the most revolutionary, controversial, anti-establishment youth scenes on and off the football terraces of the last six decades.

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