vespamore photography (pronounced "vespa-mor-ay" combining the words vespa and amore, the Italian word for love, "vespalove" by definition)
- 35mm film photography by Paul Hart, gallery - here As well as featuring my own work, this blog also features work by other photographers and anything else creative that has caught my attention or inspired me.

RETROSPECTIVE SCOOTERS
book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link -
here

RETROSPECTIVE CYCLES book, photography by Paul Hart, available to order via link - here

Disclaimer: any images or content not owned or produced by me remain the copyright of their original owner. The material and content contained within or provided are not to be used for commercial purposes, or distributed commercially without permission from the owner.

Please notify me by email of any errors or omissions, they will be immediately updated, corrected or removed.

18.11.17

MY GENERATION - book review





"The GT is now the fastest and most eye-catchingly gorgeous transport in West London and looks very cool when matched with the new wine red, hand-made, full length, leather coat from Harry Fenton's and the silver-grey mohair suit. You'll know me when you see me!"


Author Dave Dry kindly sent me a review copy of his book, My Generation. Dave was an 'original mod' back in the Sixties and his tome tells the story of his teenage exploits, with him beginning his scootering on a Vespa GS150 before moving on to the aforementioned GT, or Lambretta TV200 and ending up on a brand new Lambretta SX200 by the end of the book.

Born as I was in the early '70s, I came along too late for this era and also missed out on the Mod Revival, being just seven in 1979 when Franc Roddam's film Quadrophenia was released, eventually getting my first scooter (Vespa T5 Millenium) in 1999. My elder brother jumped aboard during the '80s though with his parka, eyeliner, Who, Jam and Nine Below Zero records etc. My younger ears became attuned to these sounds at the time and I've enjoyed a lot of them in the intervening years and still do now occasionally; seeing Paul Weller at Brixton Academy when he toured the excellent Stanley Road album. Although I have an affinity with much of the music, the clothing and general peacock strutting that goes with Mod never really did it for me and still doesn't. I can appreciate the design and quality though; particularly having spent 6 years at art college, before spending my career to date, selling ridiculously expensive, but seriously nice 20th Century/modern Italian, Scandinavian and German furniture. Also having been heavily into film photography since 2006 I have a keen, creative eye, am very particular about what I like and have been riding classic geared vespa scooters for the last 18 years. Owning a classic scooter definitely has a 'pose factor' and much as I may protest I have to include myself as a poser, albeit a slightly 'quieter' one  - or at least I hope..!

Grateful as I was to Dave for sending me a copy; I was fairly ambivalent about whether I'd enjoy it. However, it did win me over and since I returned to the train for winter commuting (not wanting to subject my pride & joy to the UK's road salt), I've spent the last week reading Dave's book.

My Generation begins with a slightly over-long and apologetic introduction, which seems an attempt at absolution by Dave, for the book's tone and at times colourful language. This is very much written from a male perspective, which Dave is at pains to point out and suggests on more than a few occasions it is not for female readers; not wanting to offend them. Male banter, the type you would know and expect from a late teenager is rife throughout the text but interestingly told from the mid-1960s, which gave it historical context and added interest, for me anyway. Given the outdated prevailing attitudes are of their time; I think most readers and even female readers will cut Dave some slack on this. As he readily admits, there is not much in the way of a plot; more an amalgamation of short stories and recollections. This can be mildly confusing; particularly when Eel Pie Island features twice; the second time as though the first occasion hadn't been previously mentioned. These assorted tales revolve mostly around Dave's scooters, clothing, music, friends, family and occasional and formative early liaisons with the opposite sex. Some of these stories will raise a smile; at times funny and self-depreciating with Dave and his mates mostly the butt of the humour. Dave does have a poetic turn of phrase which I enjoyed reading and brought the sights, sounds and smells of 1960s London vividly to life in his descriptive prose, although some are perhaps too often repeated. I would say anyone with a passing interest in classic scooters, Mod culture, London and the 'Swinging Sixties' which applies to virtually all of you reading this, will find something to like in Dave's book.

Published by Suave Collective, MY GENERATION is priced at £9.99 and available to order online via their website here - www.suavecollective.co.uk

Hats off to Dave on his book; it is an achievement by any standard. He quotes the often stated "everyone has a book in them" but as we know, how many of us get to realise it... so congratulations Dave!

Dave is still riding classic scooters and is currently the owner/rider of another 'ultimate Mod scooter' - the GS160 as you can see pictured below, before Dave set off for this year's Isle of Wight scooter rally..







Thanks to Dave for the book copy - much appreciated ; ) 















No comments:

Post a Comment

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...