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Date of issue: April 24th 2013
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Read full description of the books Among the Thugs:I'd forgotten about this one. It's hilarious, in a grim kind of way, which is how hilarious should be. Expat American infiltrates the notorious English football hooligan sub-culture of the late 80s/early 90s, you may remember those horrible violent yobs. These were hard nuts like the Inter-City Firm from West Ham who yould beat the daylights out of you and leave you broken, bleeding and barfing in a back alley but always remember to leave a smartly printed business card in one of your pockets saying
YOU HAVE BEEN SERVICED BY THE INTER-CITY FIRM
Bill Buford got in with Millwall, who were one of the loutiest, and Cambridge United fans too, who weren't much better, and he writes with a fabulous gusto about it all. Recommended for afficionados of British working class culture. Of course it's all now changed, hardly any football violence happens now. It's a problem that's almost been solved. How did they do that, then? Well, two things happened. The first was Hillsborough, a stadium in Sheffield, in which not quite controlled supporters were allowed by panicking police to pile into a fenced-in spectator area to such an overwhelming extent that a crowd crush built up against the restraining fence, and 96 young people died, right there live on television. That was in 1989. It shook the whole nation. The football authorities drew up new rules for every stadium in Britain : no spectator's standing areas (they were called terraces) any more - football will be all-seating from now on. This was the first major change in football for donkey's years. After that came wholesale gentrification and prices of season tickets going through the roof.
But the second thing which rendered the gruesome football violence a thing of the past was
Irvine Welsh spins this (to me convincing) theory in his excellent novel Maribou Stork Nightmares. The dance/rave culture that boomed in the early 90s in Britain sucked in all the working class delinquents who had been happily inflicting grievous bodily harm on each other, and infused their bloodstreams with the wonder drug Ecstacy, which was a major component of rave culture. It took a few years but the violence began to melt away. So the all-seater stadiums and the soaring prices, plus the beatific state of mind achievable at 150 beats per minute, solved what had previously been seen as ugly and intractable. Curious how these things work out sometimes.
Read information about the authorBill Buford is an American author and journalist.
Buford is the author of the books:
Among the Thugs and Heat: An Amateur's Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany.
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