Dogtown: The Legends of the Z-Boys Hardcover – Apr 1 2002
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There was so much aggression... they were more like a street gang than a skate team. -- SkateBoarder Magazine circa 1975
About the Author
GLEN E. FRIEDMAN - Considered the most important photographer of his generation, Glen E. Friedman has been a unique documentarian since the age of 12, and soon thereafter his first published photo appeared in SkateBoarder magazine. Over the past 25 years he has photographed some of the most idealistic, interesting and rebellious cultural icons around, documenting the rise of the hard-core punk rock scene in the late 70's/early 80's with such bands as BLACK FLAG, DEAD KENNEDY's, MINOR THREAT and even producing the 1st album for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES (also from DogTown) and later the rise of rap music in the mid 1980's with groups such as PUBLIC ENEMY, RUN-DMC, and the BEASTIE BOYS. He was one of the first to publicize these groups nationally and many of his photographs are recognized as the subjects' definitive portraits. Glen E. Friedman has compiled images from his 25-year involvement within the rebelious cultures of skateboarding, punk and hip-hop music into two collections, Fuck You Heroes (1994) and Fuck You Too (1996). Selections from these books became the Fuck You All photography exhibit, which has toured internationally since 1997. In 1998 Friedman released The Idealist which showcases Friedman's unique perspective and asthetic. CRAIG STECYK III's role as a painter, photographer, graffiti-artist and journalist, played a pivotal role in spreading the influence of the Z-Boys throughout American youth culture. He has been working professionally in film and video production, as a writer, art director, production designer and photographer, since the late 1960s. In DogTown - The Legend of the Z-Boys, Glen E. Friedman says of Stecyk: "I personally credit this man as the single largest influence on my work. If I could consider anyone a mentor it would be him. Stecyk is a true artist and one of the most creative individuals I have ever encountered. The man is way beyond genius." and "Stecyk often credits me for uncovering and documenting some of the original radical energies of DogTown's skate heyday. But if it weren't for the instigation and inspiration of his articles, which so vividly told the story of our environment [and all included in this volume], I doubt that my life's work would have the influence it does."
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In their original incarnation, these articles (especially the single page "Who's Hot!")festooned the walls of my bedroom. Even if the originals hadn't disappeared over the years, most probably never survived the pillaging of their contents; thus, a hardback reprint is a treasure! But the real surprise is how well these articles were written.
Your average 13 year old skate nut is hardly a literary critic. So, I didn't really expect the articles themselves to still hold up nearly 30 years down the road. SURPRISE! They are extremely well-written, in a very adult voice. I'm amazed so many of us read these as young teens, they are really quite sophisticated. Whether Stecyk is writing as "John Smythe" or himself, his voice is intelligent and never descends to the "whoa, dude rad!" depths unless quoting a specific skater. The skaters themselves sound quite self-aware, and each has a distinctive attitude that comes thru, even in the first articles. Stacy Peralta is the proto-typical laid back SoCal surfer guy, into peace & inner-growth. Tony Alva is always & forever the rock star, fully into the babes & bling bling being thrown his way, but never losing sight of skating. Jay Adams is the unpredictable, mischievious imp, while Bob Biniack is thuggish & Wentzle Ruml is devil-may-care & funny.
Friedman's photos are awesome of course, & the color seperations & printing quality lavished on these photos is really impressive. This could have easily been a throw-away done for nostalgia or to cash in on the resurgence of "old school" skating, but instead someone took the time to do it right. The cover alone is a masterpiece of photo-reproduction. "The Legend of the Z-Boys" is a major bargain at this price.
Radical moments in skateboarding history that changed the world all wrapped up in a beautiful black binding. This book is a potent collection of Stecyk's photos and articles about the Z Boys and Dogtown from 1975-1979. Along with Friedman's powerful photos, it's a brilliant brew of magic. For nostalgia junkies, skateboarders, and of course everyone that sees the Dogtown and Z Boys movie, each turn of the page is an orgasmic experience. Mad Dog, Red Dog, Bull Dog, Bullet, J-Boy, P.C., Baby Paul, . . . Dogtown - The Legend of the Z Boys is the quintessential encyclopedia of the skate history of Dogtown and the infamous Z Boys in the late 70s.
"Pushing the old boundaries establishes new 'limits'. In actuality, the only limiting factor is that of your imagination. You can go as far as you want to take it, or perhaps more aptly as far as it takes you. After you leave the realm of traditional preconceptions, you enter the area of endless freedom. There exists no right or wrong, rules are unheard of, and the course is uncharted." - C.R. STECYK III
Most recent customer reviews
As a former skateboarder, I naturally wanted to go and see the movie and ended up buying the book shortly thereafter. Read morePublished on April 23 2006 by Hannah
Glen Friedman is one of the pioneers of skateboarding. Of all the famous pictures you've run across through the years, of skating in the 70's and 80's, he probably took most of... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2003 by Nemo
I bought this book a couple of months ago and I constantly find myself going back to look at it. The pictures keep me in awe and the articles are fascinating. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2002
I think the Z-Boys were very lucky to have Glen Friedman and Craig Stecyk around during their moment in the sun. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2002
NICE LITTLE BOOK WITH LOTS OF PICS OF THE DOGTOWN DAYS.MOST ARE OF JAY OR TONY.ALSO MOST ARE FROM OLD SKATEBOARDER MAGS.A SOLID PIECE OF WORK.THIS WILL BE A COLLECTORS ITEM.GET IT.Published on April 23 2002 by Matthew J. Scott
First off, the physical quality of this book is impressive. The binding, cover, and pages are extremely well done. This is a solid coffee table book. Read morePublished on April 17 2002 by Dino
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A nostalgic new documentary by one of the original Z-Boys, this insolent crew from the slummy beaches of Venice and lower Santa... Read more
This book has hardly left my side and I plan on keeping it that way! This incredible 'jewel' should not only be in every skaters collection but deserves a much wider audience. Read morePublished on March 30 2002 by Mr. S. J. Church
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