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Dogtown: The Legends of the Z-Boys Hardcover – Apr 1 2002


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  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Burning Flags Press; 2 edition (April 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964191644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964191648
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 21 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
As a former skateboarder, I naturally wanted to go and see the movie and ended up buying the book shortly thereafter. I am very pleased with the well-written articles and how well the pictures turned out, even though there is one picture in the book that has been missing for over 25 years. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the book, you will not be dissapointed.
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Finally, collected in one hardback book are all of the "Dogtown" articles from the mid 70's Skateboarder magazine. What a treat!
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.
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Format: Hardcover
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 them. From Tony Alva, to Tony Hawk. This book is great for someone like me who was skating in both decades and is still an avid follower of the genre. For anyone who remembers SKATEBOADER MAGAZINE, you will love this book.
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By "youthxofxthexnation" on Nov. 28 2002
Format: Hardcover
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. The one thing I don't like about the book is that although they acknowledge Peggy Oki's part in the Z-Boys Revolution they have almost no photographs of her. She was female skateboarding at that time. Other than that the book is fantastic and fascinating a great coffee table book but also a great read.
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By A Customer on Sept. 9 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think the Z-Boys were very lucky to have Glen Friedman and Craig Stecyk around during their moment in the sun. Both obviously knew something dynamic was happening and were able to capture this early culture of skating and the Dogtown days. The photographs are great and the articles and interviews give you a taste of the Z-Boys' personalities as they were. The pool pictures are more intimate as if the photographers were camera-crashing their parties, and it just looked like they were having fun hanging out. Very well put together. I think if you buy the DVD, CD and this book you'll feel complete.
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By A Customer on April 25 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just got it! it's amazing, I couldn't be more stoked. I was prompted to write this review because a previous reviewer said this would have been better if it had more previously unpublished photos, but this person obviously does not own all of the original Skateboarder mags like I do, or did not even read the introduction to the book! One of the greatest things about THIS book is that it DOES contain over 100 NEVER BEFORE SEEN Glen E. Friedman images as well as all of the original articles C.R. Stecyk wrote for Skateboarder. Anyone who knows about this stuff will be overwhelmed with all the new material, and blown away by the quality of the old material, and how it's laid out in this new book. If you're an old fan, or a newcomer because you just got turned on to the Z-BOYS by the movie, you will love this book. The quality of the photos in the book are far superior to how they look in the movie. You're going to love this book if you get it. Did I mention how incredibly inspiring this whole thing is?
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By Matthew J. Scott on April 23 2002
Format: Hardcover
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.
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