Talking Location With author James Bailey – Europe
The Street Riding Years
’The Street Riding Years’ is a coming-of-age story about an urban motorcycle mercenary in 1980s London. It was a time when badly behaved messengers capitalised on London’s economic revival, when squatting was a legitimate solution to the housing crisis and when Class War and the shady Tufnell Park Militia were a response to a nation polarised by Thatcherism.
’The Street Riding Years: Despatching through 80s London’ recalls the films, music, narcotics and key events which defined the decade and shaped a young man’s world view.
Chris Scott is well known for his sensible travel guides, including ’Rough Guide Australia’ and the ’Adventure Motorcycling Handbook’, which advise where to go, what to do and how it should be done. ’The Street Riding Years’ is not that kind of book. Warning: contains motorcycles – loads of them.
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