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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2000

    An Entertaining Story, but that is it.

    I am a skinhead myself and I thought this was an interesting book. It wasn't very factual, in fact I was very diappointed with the information and history given. If I was to write a book,I would research the topic to the fullest extent that I could. Beyond that, it is an entertaining book. It offers a lot in symbolism, but yet, I'm still angry about the way skinheads are portrayed. He doesn't show history. He shows them as a bunch of dirty low-lives. I'm not saying skinheads are angels(if anything they are far from it), but we dress for the occassion, we have morals, respect, honor, and a code for a life. He also points to the fact that skinhead, is only something we are as teenagers, which isn't true. Skinhead, is what we are for our lives to our death. It is a way of life. He also shows that skinheads can't be anything but low life working class jokes, which is nonsense. Yes, Skinheads are working -class (I am a freaking bus boy/dishwaher) but to say they can't make the best of their lives is nonsense. That isn't Skinhead. Skinhead is about standing tall with your head held high and not standing down no matter what the circumstance, having comraderie with your mates, being loyal, honest, working for everything you have, in whatever aspect of life you are in. That is what skinhead is (that and being able to drink down a gallon of a beer and keep on going). But at least, he didn't portray them as a bunch of Nazis.

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