Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances: A Life In Mod – From the Revival to Acid Jazz (Paperback)
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Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances: A Life In Mod – From the Revival to Acid Jazz (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages
Published: 06/06/2024
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'Eddie was there very early doors. His story is of the many.' Paul Weller

'A total riot! Takes me right back to the 70s. A Superb book' Mani, The Stone Roses

'What a wonderful book. Mod isn't about what decade you lived in, it's about your attitude, and this book has tons of it' Kenney Jones, The Small Faces

'A charismatic storyteller, witty and unpretentious, he is at once an engaging protagonist and an indisputable authority, giving a live-wire, visceral perspective on mod life in that short flash of time. He manages to create a welcoming space in this rather exclusive world while never losing his formidable edge as a narrator' - The Big Issue

'Buy it on sight. You won't be disappointed' - Louder Than War

'Eddie's book is really good!' - Robert Elms

'Akin to being in the company of someone with plenty of entertaining tales to tell.... the comradery and spirit of like-minded souls is inspiring.' - Paul Ritchie, Shindig! Magazine

WITH A FOREWORD BY PAUL WELLER

This is the memoir of a teenage mod from the East End of London.

A journey of discovery for a schoolboy dabbling with punk, funk, record shops, discos and clothes, and then... WHAAAM! An unstoppable wave of like-minded kids fall headlong in love with 60s mod culture, revived and reformatted for the 70s and 80s generation.

Eddie Piller was one such kid. His life was changed forever. Written with humour, passion and attention to detail, CLEAN LIVING UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES is perhaps the ultimate mod memoir, taking us from meeting the Small Faces as a toddler, to the 1979 Mod revival, through the more purist 1980s mod scene and eventually to Acid Jazz.

A born storyteller, Eddie takes us evocatively into a world of scooters, clothes, and music. We run with the crowd to decaying seaside towns, East End backstreet boozers and sweaty teenage gigs, all fizzing with an uncontainable excitement and often exploding into violence.

Once mod touched your soul it changed the way you looked at life, unexpectedly broadening your horizons. In Eddie it awakens a can-do attitude that sees him setting up a fanzine, putting on club nights, hustling jobs in the music industry, and eventually setting up a record label. It even takes him to Ireland at the height of the troubles and to Australia where the local mods take him on a military exercise...

Visceral and always entertaining, CLEAN LIVING UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES is a stand-out memoir that relives the thrill of the 70s and 80s, and the movement that helped make mod the most enduring and successful British youth culture of all time.

Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781800960626
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 38 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

If I'd have lived through the mod movement in London in the 60s my heroes would've been Guy Stevens and Pete Meaden - but as a teenage mod in the early 1980's Eddie Piller was that guy. This book is a glorious testament to that. - David Holmes

Eddie Piller's life in music (and elsewhere) is quite a tale. He always strikes me as one of the lucky few who win the lottery by making up their own job description. Deejay, broadcaster, self-taught producer, he's covered many angles in his time. This book is as fun and engaging as the man himself. - Martin Freeman

A charismatic storyteller, witty and unpretentious, he is at once an engaging protagonist and an indisputable authority, giving a live-wire, visceral perspective on mod life in that short flash of time. He manages to create a welcoming space in this rather exclusive world while never losing his formidable edge as a narrator. - The Big Issue

[CLEAN LIVING UNDER DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES] never loses its percussive humour or whip-hand sense of style... Piller is one of those inspirational figures (a lot like Creations Alan McGee ) who has always acted like a conduit between creative talent, lighting the blue touch paper for those with musical chops and similar vision. If this book is his legacy, then it's a fantastic one, for his is most certainly a life less ordinary. Buy it on sight. You won't be disappointed. - Louder than war

Eddie's book is really good! - Robert Elms

Akin to being in the company of someone with plenty of entertaining tales to tell .... the comradery and spirit of like-minded souls is inspiring. - Paul Ritchie, Shindig! Magazine

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