‘King Mob: A critical hidden history’ by David Wise
Picked this up in Housmans yesterday and a very entertaining read it is. Dave Wise has a lot to get off his chest about the appropriators and recuperators of King Mob and does it in a surprisingly gossipy and vulnerable way.
the book starts with a paean of lost love to a woman from Grimsby which assures you this is going to be the real thing not some cobbled together job. ‘The intensity I felt towards her convulsively increased’. Indeed its such moments that prove far more interesting than the famous incidents such as the Selfridges xmas give-away. Though the story of the pantomime horse in the Powis Square riot is worth the £6.99 alone.
The first lines from Dave Wise read …’Always, always on my mind in some kind of way, a push was needed to get it kick started’ Same here mate. It’s a shame our paths never crossed because the Wise brothers were two proletarians in the midst of a sea of public schoolboys.. .and remain a couple of jobbing builders from the North east. I said some ignorant things on my blog about them a couple of years back and much regret that now.