Subculture: The Meaning of Style

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Taylor & Francis, Jan 31, 2002 - Art - 208 pages
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'Hebdige's Subculture: The Meaning of Style is so important: complex and remarkably lucid, it's the first book dealing with punk to offer intellectual content. Hebdige [...] is concerned with the UK's postwar, music-centred, white working-class subcultures, from teddy boys to mods and rockers to skinheads and punks.' - Rolling Stone

 

With enviable precision and wit Hebdige has addressed himself to a complex topic - the meanings behind the fashionable exteriors of working-class youth subcultures - approaching them with a sophisticated theoretical apparatus that combines semiotics, the sociology of devience and Marxism and come up with a very stimulating short book - Time Out

This book is an attempt to subject the various youth-protest movements of Britain in the last 15 years to the sort of Marxist, structuralist, semiotic analytical techniques propagated by, above all, Roland Barthes. The book is recommended whole-heartedly to anyone who would like fresh ideas about some of the most stimulating music of the rock era - The New York Times

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About the author (2002)

Paul Schimmel is Chief Curator of The Museum of Contemporary, Los Angeles, where he has organized such ground-breaking exhibitions as "Robert Rauschenberg: Combines," "Ecstasy: In and About Altered States," "Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979"; "Helter Skelter: Los Angeles Art in the 1990s"; "Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition, 1955-62"; "Robert Gober"; and "Charles Ray," each of which was accompanied by a major publication.
Lisa Gabrielle Mark is Director of Publications at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. She has written widely on contemporary art and edited numerous publications, including "WACK: Art and the Feminist Revolution," "Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture," and "Robert Rauschenberg: Combines," most recently.
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"Dick Hebdige has written extensively on contemporary art and design, subculture and music. Originally from London, he currently teaches in the Art and Film Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also directs the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and co-directs the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts.
Midori Matsui is a Tokyo-based art critic, who teaches contemporary art and theory at Musashino Art University and Tama Art University.
Scott Rothkopf is a senior editor of Artforum. An art historian and critic, he curated the exhibition “ Mel Bochner Photographs, 1966— 1969” (2002) and co-organized “ Huyghe + Corbusier: Harvard Project” (2004), both for the Harvard University Art Museums.
Mika Yoshitake is a doctoral student in the Department of Art History at the University ofCalifornia, Los Angeles and a curatorial research assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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