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DetailsTitle: Celtic: The Supersonic 70s!
Author: Gerard McDade
Published: 30 Sep 2009
SynopsisCeltic - The Supersonic 70s - is a rollicking romp through a decade of triumphs and disasters both on and off the pitch, when football and fashion intertwined to the sounds of glam rock and punk and the world changed forever - from Wilson to Thatcher, from Bolan to Rotten, from The Persuaders to The Professionals, from Choppers to skateboards and from the First Division to the Premier League. Relive the story of Celtic, the Stars, the tantalising title jousts, the titanic Cup finals, the tasty European adventures and a decade that altered fashions, fads, futures and football in the superb, sensational Celtic - The Supersonic 70s.
About the Author
Gerard McDade is a broadcaster, writer, producer and stand-up comedian from the West of Scotland.
He has worked extensively with Celtic FC, the club channel CelticTV, BBC Scotland and commercial radio amongst others whilst insulting audiences the length and breadth of the country with his half-wit wit.
He still thinks the 1970s were fab, groovy and sensational and that Peter Latchford should have won more caps than Peter Shilton!
Just like Elvis, he doesn't read reviews. Unlike Elvis, he's made it past 42!
Review(By: Phil Mac Giolla Bhain) Celtic – The Supersonic 70s! (Book Review)
By: Phil Mac Giolla Bhain (published November 2nd, 2009 at 10:04 am)
celtic70scoverThis book does exactly what it says on its brightly designed cover.
The 1970s was the decade wherein I was a teenage Celtic supporter in Glasgow.
The book brought back memories of the great Celtic players I watched and the terrible clothes that I was proud to wear!
If that is also you then you’ll love this memoir of Jinky, Caesar, King Kenny, Johnny Doyle, chopper bikes, flared trousers and Afro hairstyles.
If you were too young or weren’t even born in the 1970s then it is a huge decade in the Celtic story.
It starts with the Lisbon Lion intact and forging head to Nine In A Row.
The decade concludes with the championship winning 4-2 game by ten men against Rangers.
When I met Gerry McDade at the book launch a few couple of weeks ago he gave me his business card it says under his name “voice over and scriptwriting”. The book has the feel of a TV script, part thriller, and part sitcom.
Gerry, I learned, also does stand-up comedy. That fact didn’t really surprise me after reading this book. His throw away remarks-that could have been delivered onstage to a raucous crowd-pepper the text to great effect.
This isn’t literary like Nick Hornby or academic like Dr. Joe Bradley, but it is a great lighthearted read.
You would read this on a flight to a European match and get off the plane being well up for the game.
I have a feeling that I’ll re-visit this book again and again dipping into his description of great games and great players from that era.
One that sticks in the memory is the “battle of Britain” against Leeds in 1970. His throwaway line about George Connelly’s goal at Elland road after 45 seconds:
“Intravenous injections take longer.”
His style is light and chatty, like listening to a mate with a good line in patter at the pub telling you about a game that you haven’t seen.
Sometimes I read a book for a review and I curse the hours of my life I won’t get back after wading through a terrible waste of trees.
Not this one.
The book is available online from Amazon and in the Celtic Superstore.
Celtic – The Supersonic 70s! By Gerard McDade
Black & White Publishing.
ISBN 9 781845 022631
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Black and White Publishing (30 Sep 2009)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 1845022637
- ISBN-13: 978-1845022631
- Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
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