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Oi Oi Saveloy! Welcome to my website and the world of ‘You are the Beef’. I wrote this book about different periods in my life, different phases with numerous adventures, some of them dangerous and others hilarious.The book starts off with a true story about Skinheads coming down and invading our seaside town of Margate. This is the period I became a Skinhead with my trusty companion ‘Mickey Boy Meaker’ Although the Skinhead phase didn’t really last that long, the memories are still crystal clear today. Through that Skinhead, period came the revival of the ‘Mods’ which only meant an increase of ‘Rockers.’Which meant if the two came together it was more like carnage. I and my other Skinhead buddies had some real close encounters with these bad boys. I have to hand it to the Mods, they had the numbers and just seemed to turn up in their droves. Back then in the late seventies, a local paper estimated an invasion of 800 Parker bearing hoodlums. We got chased by about two hundred of the Mods one night me and my bald cronies, but we lived on to tell the tale. It’s funny, we all had bikes but nearly everyone was a Skinhead.The Mods nicked my abandoned bike one night, but you’ll have to read the full stories is in Chapter 2: Night Fishing.

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The next stage in my life was Football……Chelsea to be precise. Originally, my book was only going to be about football violence, travelling up and down the country causing all sorts of mayhem and trouble. Thank god it’s calmed down nowadays I don’t think we would have a national game left anymore. My first experience with Chelsea, at West Ham, should have put me off for life, but still, I carried on going. It wasn’t very often our Chelsea firm came unstuck, I think only twice in my time of flying the blue flag. I was ejected out of the ground at my first home game at Chelsea. This was more embarrassing to tell you the truth. I think I was just caught up with the Old Bill(who didn’t always have it their own way) trying to show some authority in our famous Shed End. Music was the next pastime to take over my life. I was obsessed with playing the guitar and used to drive people bonkers(especially my dad) playing it for hours on end till my fingers bled, I absolutely loved it. I’ve played in all sorts of bands in my lifetime with The Anti-Nowhere League at the top of the tree. I’m currently playing with The Last Resort and writing songs with JJ Kaos. Our latest album is called ‘This is my England’ to which I think we have done ourselves proud keeping the Oi scene alive. Roi(our singer) still gets down the Den to see his beloved ‘Millwall’, I don’t think he’ll ever lose his passion for ‘The Lions.’ Our drummer Mik Gaffney writes for music magazines and tours with other bands as a drum technician. So that’s all you’re gonna get, you’re just gonna have to read my book if you wanna know more. Regards Beef.



Awesome read..oi! the book, 16 Aug 2013 By Dougie Brooks – See all my reviews This review is from Keith Hillyer- You are the Beef!- Book- The Last Resort (Paperback) this book is an amazing account of the life of Skinhead Keith Hillyer, about his life as a kid growing up in Margate.. the things that made him what he his today all the way through football, fighting, music, drinking.. mods and rockers.. been a skinhead, learning the guitar and later joining the likes of the anti nowhere league, the last resort.. if you liked a sense of freedom by Jimmy Boyle the first few chapters are very reminiscent and paint a very good picture of the story.. a pure page turner, do yourself a favour and buy this top notch book..oi! Oi!

5.0 out of 5 stars Very very good read !!!, 5 Aug 2013
Georgie65 (Bochum, Germany) – See all my reviews
This review is from: Keith Hillyer- You are the Beef!- Book- The Last Resort (Paperback)

This is a very good and funny book written by a true guitar hero. It’s Beef the great guitarist in one of the best Punk/Oi bands The Last Resort. Beef is an authentic and likeable bloke and a huge fan of Chelsea FC. He tells us stories about his beloved football especially the violence and aggro between the rival fan gangs in the eighties, but to mention he never was a brutal hooligan !! Beef gives us an insight of his life as a musician with fabulous bands like the Anti Nowhere League and The Last Resort, very interesting.There are a lot more other great stories of his busy life( sometimes hilarious:-) written in an excellent funny style. Poor Beef had big trouble after eating a burger in Crewe … if you ever go to Crewe for a visit you have to look for Beef’s relief !!!! This book ‘You are the Beef’ is amazing, very informative and really good entertainment, full points … Oi Oi !!!! Buy it !!! 11:08 Georgie Kühne

 Brilliant, 26 July 2013
This review is from: Keith Hillyer- You are the Beef!- Book- The Last Resort (Paperback)

Funniest book ever, I’m sure this book will do very and hopefully, the author will receive some kind of award for bravery.

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