Top 10 Books about the Skinhead

 

Skinhead is a culture characterized uniquely by aggressive masculine hair and dress style, shaved heads, and heavy boots. These are, in many countries views extreme right-wing nationalist. Skinheads originated in the 1960s in the working class neighborhood of London and since then expanding everywhere. They use various forms of media to protest against racism and various others of their demands. Many books are written dedicated to them. Out of all, the best have been listening below.

 

Skinhead… The Life I Chose: Memoirs of a Real Skin

It’s a true account of the skinhead cult, told by a man who was a part of it. It is not about Nazism, or Neo-Nazism, or about politics. It’s the story of how the youths can be corrupted and misinterpreted by propaganda and the media.

Read it For:
The story has a great balance of humor and harsh reality. It gives a lesson in Skinhead culture with memoir type tales
Don't Read it For:
It contains a lot of strong languages, British slang and outspoken opinions that may be offensive to some.
What makes this book stand out?:
It’s written honestly with no regrets and is a truthful account without any filtering.

Skinhead

Its background is a bit lightly, covering music and clothes as well as the history of Skinhead culture. There’s a nice introduction to the subculture's origins, then follows it's progression through to the 1980's. There’s also a section on female skins, as often they're sidelined in the analysis of subcultures

Read it For:
If you want to know the skinhead culture from the perspectives of both, male and female.
Don't Read it For:
It can be little aggressive for some people.
What makes this book stand out?:
Wonderfully imparting the knowledge about the skinhead culture. For those who want to know about their lives in details should definitely give it a read.

Spirit of ’69 – A Skinhead Bible

From the late 60s to the present, this book gives the perfect account of the skinhead style, music, fashion and everything. Use of photographs, graphics, and cuttings make this an indispensable guide.

Read it For:
It’s a guide on how to dress if you want to be a skin, about how to become one of them. There are many instances of humor which covers everything.
Don't Read it For:
Perhaps too many instances of violence. People might get bored reading them.
What makes this book stand out?:
It's like a training manual for skins. It accounts their detailed experiences without cutting out anything.

Skins

It’s a photographic journal of the skinhead community that offers a glimpse into a community that was multicultural, tightly knitted and proud of their look.

Read it For:
A fascinating glimpse of the skinhead community
Don't Read it For:
Too many photographs, less content
What makes this book stand out?:
Brilliant images used here captures the true moments in young kids’ lives where they openly shared their moment of joys and happiness. Very different racist image of Skinheads
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Skins & Punks: Lost Archives 1978-1985

Skins and Punks is a singular retrospective work complete with commentaries and oral histories. The behind-the-scenes stories of the shots are shocking, hilarious, and heartbreaking, and each gives you an account of how it’s to be like a rebellious working youth in the 1980s. This is documentary photography, a window into a cultural movement.  And in the background sits an un-beautified England of the 80s, a harsh depiction of extreme disunity.”

Read it For:
What it’s like to be a skin, what struggles ones go through to be one and what it takes to raise opinion when everyone tends to judge you, it accounts all the things beautifully and in the most truthful manner.
Don't Read it For:
Again, too much use of photographs and too brutal to be true.
What makes this book stand out?:
Photographs used are funny, tender, some are domestic. Many of them show skinheads smiling; others show their vulnerability. There is an aggression which is playful and uncertain.

Skinhead Nation

It shows skinheads as the individuals they are, and celebrate the skinhead cult as it was in various parts of the world in the mid-1990s.

Read it For:
It concentrates more on the individuals that make up the cult, rather than the events and music that have shaped its history.
Don't Read it For:
It’s far from a complete guide to the skinhead way of life, and therefore it’s not perfect
What makes this book stand out?:
It portrayed the skinheads in their true selves, how they are just like us but with different agendas.

Skinheads

It’s a story told through three generations of a family: It challenges society’s fears and prejudices. It shows us a group of truly humane characters driven by passion and honor and the culture they love.

Read it For:
Knowing their story in the most truthful yet brutal manner
Don't Read it For:
Violence which unfolds with the story is quite unnecessary and might not be liked by many.
What makes this book stand out?:
It tells us how a youth culture becomes mainstream, at the same time it’s all about keeping the faith and being true to the original culture. It's both, compelling and engaging,

Blood on the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of a New White Culture

It incorporates information on the Oklahoma City bombing and the militia movement. It contains the in-depth study of the rise of white supremacists and religious fundamentalists, their history, tactics, and their impact.

Read it For:
Use of photographs and graphics makes it interesting to read
Don't Read it For:
No in-depth account is given, it’s more specific or to the point and therefore misses out many important events.
What makes this book stand out?:
It gives precise information on white supremacists.

Skinhead Street Gangs

This novel explains who they are, why they are violent, who their targets are, how they operate, what weapons they favor and what danger they pose to society and to police.

Read it For:
Detailed study of their culture leaving not a single point behind
Don't Read it For:
It’s a bit negative on skinheads’ culture as it’s written from the point of view of a cop.
What makes this book stand out?:
It stands out for being brutally honest. It's an account of a cop, what was his experience with the skinhead.

 

 

 

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