Rock Style: How Fashion Moves to Music

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Universe Pub., 1999 - Design - 157 pages
Rock & roll is about sensual transcendence--about uproarious sounds and incredible visual drama. As the lights come up and the band hits the stage, the first impression is of what the musicians are playing--and what they're wearing. Now, from Tommy Hilfiger, the fashion designer most embraced by popular musicians in the 1990s comes this compelling revue of rock style--the clothes musicians have worn for the stage and camera and for sheer, outrageous fun--from the 1950s to right now.

From the patched jeans and fringe leather of Neil Young to the chameleonlike transformations of David Bowie, the looks musicians have defined for themselves is as integral a part of their message and artistic identity as their music.

Drawing on an assembly of brilliant, many rarely seen images from rock's best photographers, Hilfiger (working with renowned music journalist Anthony DeCurtis) guides readers through the wild visual world of artists whose sartorial coolness has defined what's hip. Focusing on the icons of rock, hip-hop, pop and R&B who have daringly pushed the edges of fashion and set trends--icons like Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Madonna and Prince--Hilfiger offers unique insights and sharp anecdotes to tell the ongoing, ever-evolving story of rock style.

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About the author (1999)

Tommy Hilfiger began his career in the late 1960s selling incense and bell bottoms in Elmira, New York, not far from Woodstock. He spent the 1970s following the nightlife scene in New York. Since the 1980s his clothing designs have defined popular street style in America. His first book, All American: A Style Book, was published by Universe in 1997.

Anthony DeCurtis is the author of Rocking My Life Away: Writing About Music and Other Matters and the editor of Present Tense: Rock and Roll and Culture. His previous books also include The Rolling Stone Album Guide and The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, for which he was the coeditor.

Richard Martin is the Curator of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; James Henke is Vice President of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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