Groovy Old Men: a Spotter's Guide

Nick Baker

Groovy Old Men: a Spotter's Guide

The rise of an impressive new species of older man is hilariously and perceptively charted by journalist, broadcaster and producer Nick Baker. Groovy old men still move with the times. They're still into sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, still work, and see age as no reason to stop having fun. They were present at the birth of youth culture in the 50s, sighing with relief at missing National Service and reeling from the impact of Bill Haley. They're now part of a new breed of older men who are, as Nick Baker brilliantly argues in this unique, funny and occasionally touching book, on the march."Groovy Old Men" is packed full of interviews with experts and archetypes like designer Sir Paul Smith, radical Tariq Ali, veteran writer Ray Gosling, bioethics expert Professor John Harris and Mark Ellen, former member of Ugly Rumours, the band once led by Tony Blair. And lots of ordinary Groovy Old Men too. A humorous, entertaining and occasionally provocative commentary on older male life in the noughties, Nick Baker's book invents then dissects the Groovy Old Men phenomenon, and peers into the glamorous world of Groovy Old Men of the future. 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
Groovy Old Men: a Spotter's Guide

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Humour
Format Hardback
Pages 240
RRP £12.99
Date of Publication October 2008
ISBN 978-1848310209
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The rise of an impressive new species of older man is hilariously and perceptively charted by journalist, broadcaster and producer Nick Baker. Groovy old men still move with the times. They're still into sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, still work, and see age as no reason to stop having fun. They were present at the birth of youth culture in the 50s, sighing with relief at missing National Service and reeling from the impact of Bill Haley. They're now part of a new breed of older men who are, as Nick Baker brilliantly argues in this unique, funny and occasionally touching book, on the march."Groovy Old Men" is packed full of interviews with experts and archetypes like designer Sir Paul Smith, radical Tariq Ali, veteran writer Ray Gosling, bioethics expert Professor John Harris and Mark Ellen, former member of Ugly Rumours, the band once led by Tony Blair. And lots of ordinary Groovy Old Men too. A humorous, entertaining and occasionally provocative commentary on older male life in the noughties, Nick Baker's book invents then dissects the Groovy Old Men phenomenon, and peers into the glamorous world of Groovy Old Men of the future.

Reviews

The Daily Mail

Ray Connolly

...according to Nick Baker in this slightly rambling but amusing book of conversations and considerations, the Groovy Old Man might have just a 'hint of sexual attractiveness' (one can but hope!), but his real style is that he's independent-minded... Although this is a somewhat unfocused book, it's often funny and observant.

11/11/2008

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The New Statesman

Stephen Bayley

Light, but sympathetic, mockery is Baker's tone, although I'm inclined to think him too stuck in the Radio 2 demographic. I don't mean to be snitty, but listening to an iPod while on a StairMaster does not, in my book, qualify as grooviness. Seriously old people do that, too. Still, he has an amusing way with words: Billy Bragg, for example, is said to "wear his heart on his album sleeve"... It's a fascinating subject for narcissists, but Baker's treatment is maddeningly slight.

09/10/2008

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