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Book Condition: very good
Second edition (dated 4/88, distribution info on the back cover below the dedication to Sid James and Che Guevara, and the full-page advert for The Last Resort replaced with an image of the front cover). Glossy, sewn wraps, 20 by 26.4 cm,  pp., heavily illus. in black and white. Faint wear at the edges and corners with some light rubbing along the spine. The back cover has a price label from The Last Gasp of San Francisco. A well-illustrated, if brief history of Oi music, the British working-class subculture that brought together mostly apolitical punks and skinheads. “This is the story of Oi – the movement; perhaps the most hated, abused and misunderstood youth movement of our time. After the disaster of Southall [riots] the musical and political establishment who had always ignored Oi are trying to bury it. Every gig is banned and as we write, the 4-Skins single looks like having to come out on mail order. Whether this is the end or the beginning only time will tell. When it came to it Oi was/is just too real for them. It scares them because they can’t take it over and make it Sunday supplement throw-away garbage. Punk was supposed to be street music but it was full of ponces, plastics, pseuds and pretenders, commercialised by the industry and exploited and betrayed by the ‘pioneers’. In contrast Oi was always working class thru and thru.” Features sections on the evolution from ska to Oi, skinheads and the media, Bank Holliday, skinhead return, the Southall riots, “Politicians ain’t Working Class,” and plenty of song lyrics. The bands include The Business, 4-Skins, Rose Tattoo, Blitz, Vice squad, Cockney Rejects, Judge Dred, Madness, Sham 69, Slaughter, The Specials, Upstarts, Infa-Riot, Bad Manners, Last Resort, Cock Sparrer, etc.