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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Burning Flags Pr; 2 edition (April 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964191644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964191648
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 20.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #430,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Format: Hardcover
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
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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Another cult classic from the illustrious Glen E Friedman. Friedman's exploits are world famous and his influence is undeniable. The idea for this book is yet another example of his publishing genius. To combine the works of his enormously intelligent mentor and inspiration C.R. Stecyk III, with his own private archives of photos from the Dogtown era, proves once again that Friedman stays consistently ahead of the curve. And for the record, Craig Stecyk III should be recognized once and for all as the ultimate authority on everything cool. No one could have written about skateboarding the way Stecyk did and the fact that he shared it with the world makes us all luckier than we may ever realize.
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
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Format: Hardcover
Due to severe droughts throughout California in the mid-1970s, swimming pools emptied out across Los Angeles and the Zephy-Boys changed skateboarding and art in America forever...The documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys chronicles the story of an aggressive group of rebellious longhairs who converted the post-WWWII suburban sprawl into their playground, establishing a model for modern skateboarding. Sounds simple enough. But they didn't know it then and neither did anybody else. Twenty five years later, the story is finally being told. Artistically, through Stecyk and photographer Glen Friedman, the subculture of skateboarding provided groundwork for the vibrant, organic aesthetic of urban culture that fourishes three decated later, inspiring many of the most influencial artists and filmakers of today.
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