Impressions about the book…

“Charlie has done a masterly account. A gripping brave roller coaster of a life unleashed. Stylistically, at once gripping, detailed, witty, humorous, reflective, and disarmingly honest. A minefield of editorial decisions have not either eliminated the rich store of references to delight, or dulled the rich depiction of the times. Thanks Charlie, what an amazing contribution, bloody well done!”
Jonathan Graham.

“What an amazing document. I can see the richness of all those years. It’s amazing to see and think back on how young we all were. You have created a spectacular legacy. Stunning.”
Paul Garon.
(Author of Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie´s Blues (Da Capo Press, 1992) and The Forecast Is Hot! Tracts and Other Collective Declarations of The Surrealist Movement in U.S. 1966-1976. (Black Swan Press, 1997).

“This is a brilliant book. A huge cast of crazy characters swirl in and out of focus, sometimes returning, occasionally outstaying their welcome, but never forgotten. Charlie Radcliffe has proved the tired cliché ‘if you remember the sixties, you weren’t there’ is simply lazy hokum. His ear for dialogue, his eye for setting and milieu and his taste for all things naughty have combined to create a dazzling, entertaining and illuminating memoir.
Highlights are memories of visceral encounters with blues legends (Sonny Boy Williamson is a ‘hissing snake, about to strike’) and obviously the low-down on some of the most brazen, romantic (and frequently poorly executed) scams around the globe – and the consequences in store for those who get caught. Exposing many of the misunderstood mechanics of IS (sounds even more dangerous now!) Don’t Get Me Started resonates most effectively in cultural terms. Appropriately, this text is as much cultural artefact as autobiography. It has been handed around, spoken of in hushed tones, devoured and passed on again. It’s a gas. Read it. Pass it on.” Adam Teasdale.

I’m loving your book. Got to half way through the first volume and hope to relish it on a 10 day holiday we’re about to embark on. I’m reading it slowly to immerse in your lovely mind, the musicology and those heady times, and not just thumbing through for the sex as I usually do. Bernie Greenwood.

“The classic scene, a deserted estuary, a sailing boat, moonlight, secrecy. I felt that I was part of a long, long tradition that stretched back for years and years, the brandy smugglers of the eighteenth century and so on. It was like something out of a Robert Louis Stevenson novel.” That is how Charlie Radcliffe, one of the more adventurous and active of the cannabis smugglers of the seventies described his trade.
Duncan Campbell, journalist and author of The Underworld.

“It’s out there guys and girls! The truth, undiluted, straight from the man who lived it. A one-of-a-kind, black sheep, rebel mastermind recounting the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s ins and outs, the ups and downs, the good and the bad! A no crap, true to the bone recital of they way it was, is and will be. He might be my Dad, but the truth is if he wasn’t I’d still be posting this, just because it’s a truly amazing account of one man’s life and how it changed him and others, from one of the most educated black sheep masterminds to roam the land during the last 70 years. He’ll make you laugh, wonder, be wiser and maybe even cry.” Tom Radcliffe

“I loved ‘Don’t Start Me Talkin’ ‘.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, and my initial interest was largely coming from the perspective of learning about Situationist history and 60s London. But I really liked the vivid account it gave of an interesting life in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, and the skill with which you were able to conjure or paint a sense of time and place so strongly. For example, this was from early flat renting in King Henry´s Road, through to Graham Plinston’s Ladbrook Crescent flat and the trip to Germany, Bruges and the prison system in the 80s. I also liked the leisurely digressions into discussion of books and music and the extensive footnotes with recommendations for further information and reading.” Stuart Barthropp

Charles Radcliffe’s “Don’t Start Me Talkin’” – The Story of a Sixties Scapegrace

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