Get It On


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A history and politics teacher by day, Jon Spurling has written articles and interviewed footballers for numerous publications at home and abroad, including FourFourTwo, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Nutmeg, 11 Freunde and the official Arsenal programme. He has authored six previous books, including the bestselling Highbury: The Story of Arsenal in N.5 and Death or Glory - The Dark History of the World Cup. A child of the '70s, he is currently writing an '80s follow-up to Get It On and lives in Canterbury with his wife and two daughters.


"You always know you're going to get a fascinating read from Spurling, but this is his most vivid book yet - sheer joy! For us old geezers it's like being miraculously transported back to the 1970s. And for younger readers I can promise you quite an education." Patrick Barclay"A fascinating, funny and poignant stroll down memory lane of an era that shaped the modern game. The '70s was the decade when English football went pop. It exploded. Football went from black and white to colour. Players became personalities. Football went from short back and sides to sideburns and mullets. It began with England's squad singing 'Back Home', which sold 100,000 copies a day, as they headed to the World Cup and sadly continued with England staying back home when they didn't qualify for the '74 and '78 World Cups. Even then, the show went on, changing football for ever." Henry Winter "Jon Spurling's brilliant, non-judgemental, superbly researched and anecdote-laden book is a wonderful telling of when football and all those involved in it were dragged out of the footballing dark ages of the 1960s and into the money-fuelled and fame-filled combination of excess and success that it has become today." - Guillem Balague "Get It On is the superbly told story of the decade when football became flash. It has a cast to die for - from Big Mal to Old Big 'Ead, through Bestie, Bowles and the Doc. You can smell the Brut and taste the Watneys Party Seven. A brilliant history of footballers you thought you knew but didn't." - Tim Rich, author of The Quality of Madness: A Life of Marcelo Bielsa "A wonderfully evocative portrait of an incredible decade for English football. It pulls together cultural history seamlessly and brings to life the major characters from the era." - Michael Cox, The Athletic "The big teams, events and personalities, and intriguing new angles on familiar tales... Many of the key figures are no longer with us, but the indefatigable Spurling tracked down many of them and recorded their memories before they left." - David Winner, author of Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football "Cracking tales from the terraces amid betrayal in the boardrooms." - Tim Marshall, author of "Dirty Northern B*st*rds!" and Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain's Football Chants "Bringing football history to vibrant life is Jon Spurling's gift - and it is also a gift to the reader. He transports us back to a time when the mavericks and marvels challenged convention during the 1970s. It was a fascinating period of old meeting new in the game's evolution and Spurling's storytelling, insights and eye for character and social context shine through." - Amy Lawrence

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