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From its origins in American workwear, via west coast subcultures, extreme sports and subsequent commercialism, streetwear has become to fashion as hip-hop has to music: a global phenomenon. Incorporating cultural codes of dress, the best in graphic design, as well as exemplary brand-building the products not of corporate giants but cottage/tenement industries the leading streetwear brands have become influential beyond the sphere of fashion alone. Showcasing over 30 of the most exciting and importantly pioneering of streetwear brands, this book focuses not on the endless me-too labels, but those that have shaped the market since the late 1980s. Cult Streetwear tells the stories of the people behind the brands from entrepreneurs to graffiti writers, DJs to surf dudes to sneaker nuts, from LA to NYC, London to Berlin and Tokyo. It explores each brands cultural resonance, and explains why so many have gained a cult following while continuing to break new ground in a market with unlimited scope for innovation. It is the defining book on the subject and the only one on the market that explores the history of streetwear as well as it's present day status.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1989.
ISBN: 9780670813476
Characteristics: xxiii, 194 p. ;,24 cm.


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Dec 21, 2013

This is not Burroughs 101 (that would be "Naked Lunch"), but Advanced Burroughs. Burroughs still doesn't get the love that his fellow Beats Ginsberg and Kerouac do. Hell, Harry Potter played Ginsberg this year. Then again, Burroughs cannot be constrained by the term "Beat" or really by any other definition. He cracked the spine of the conventional novel and remains the most uncompromising writer in American history, in my mind. This collects early writings and is interesting for its embryonic themes and style. Of particular note is the long "WORD," which is a deeply profane, explicitly sexual (so much ejaculate) and hallucinogenic precursor to "Naked Lunch." Joy Division named a song "Interzone."


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