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|Warrior Kings: The South London Gang Wars 1976-1982
Noel 'Razor' Smith
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Brief Description: It was the long hot summer of 1976, and a 15-year-old Noel Smith, testosterone jangling, was among many south London kids keen to stamp their mark on the world and find an identity and a sense of belonging. Rock ’n’ roll music of the ’50s had gripped his imagination and, adopting the dress, hairstyle and dance moves, a Teddy boy was born. Many of his peers followed suit and soon the Balham Wildkatz were born - mob-handed, arrogant and spoiling for a ruck at every opportunity.
Life was all about flying your colours, cultivating both a personal and gang reputation, claiming new turf and protecting your own patch against the enemy: the other teen subcultures based around the music scene - mods, rockers, soul boys, punks, skinheads, smoothies, rockabillies - that formed a volatile melting pot of juvenile angst waiting to explode. Clubbing, drinking, thieving and fighting became the norm and a wave of increasingly reckless and violent behaviour ensued, resulting ultimately in internecine warfare.
‘Razor’ Smith, as a veteran of that scene and former gang leader of the Wildkatz, looks back with warts ’n’ all honesty, humour and vivid clarity on the days of his youth, allowing the reader to witness the horror, savagery and futility of the battles waged and get into the minds of the teenagers to whom this way of life meant everything.
About the Author:
Noel ‘Razor’ Smith was born in south London in 1960. He has spent a large portion of the last 30 years in various prisons for armed robbery, possession of firearms with intent, prison escape and grievous bodily harm and is currently serving eight life sentences under the two-strike act, plus 80 years in concurrent sentences. He learned to read and write while in prison and has gained an A level in law and an Honours Diploma in journalism. He has received several Koestler awards for his writing and has contributed articles to The Independent, The Guardian, Punch, The Big Issue, The New Statesman and the New Law Journal, among others. His autobiography A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun was published in 2004, and in 2007 his second book, Raiders: The True Stories of Britain’s Most Daring and Dangerous Bank Robbers, was released.