The Mavericks: English Football When Flair Wore Flares by Robert Steen soon to be presented for sale on the top-quality BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing, 1994, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;
From the cover: Cocky, coiffeured strikers meet David Bowie and Gary Glitter; Gola boots exchange kicks with A Clockwork Orange and The Likely Lads; Admiral sock tags, platform heels and kipper ties mingle with cod wars, Harrods bombings and three-day weeks. All this and more as Rob Steen recreates the early Seventies, the era when football joined the vanguard of English youth culture. This wry, evocative, highly personal account revolves around seven Englishmen who followed the trail blazed by footballs first tabloid star, George Best: Stan Bowles, Tony Currie, Charlie George, Alan Hudson, Rodney Marsh, Peter Osgood and Frank Worthington. Proud individuals amid an increasingly corporate environment, their invention and artistry were matched only by a profound disdain for authority and convention. Scorning compromise in the face of envy and provocation, their belief in football as performance art, as showbiz, gave the national game a much-needed boost, elevating them to cult status. During their heyday, nevertheless, they were largely ignored by a succession of England managers, none of whom was able to assemble a side competent enough to qualify for the World Cup finals. Against a backdrop of increasing violence on field and terrace alike, of battles between players and establishment, this book examines an anomaly at the heart of English culture, one that symbolised the death of post-Sixties optimism, the end of innocence.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Tiny ding to the upper board. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 188 pages. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.