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Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s Paperback – Oct 15 2014

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Intellect Ltd (Oct. 15 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783203528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783203529
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #340,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Terrific photographs, a wide range of interviews, and an international perspective on the goth phenomenon make this an original contribution to the field of subcultural studies.”
(Valerie Steele, author of Gothic: Dark Glamour)

“This ingenious sifting of Gothic culture and the noir side of Post-Punk, involving the bands, clothing, hair, artwork and audience comes closer to a distillation of being cool than any book I have seen. A shared identity across time and geographical distance, with no visual link essential, is hard to describe but easier to visualise when handled in such a deft manner. We can see it here. Wonderful images, some now bordering on nostalgia, merge into a seductive whole, with the text providing an imaginative delving into time and places, with frequent nods to unrecognised talents, or fascinating context, such as Spain’s La Movida. Surprises burst out of every section, haunting and inspiring. This is your life, your inner history and, to others, essential mystery.”
(Mick Mercer, goth and postpunk journalist)

About the Author

Andi Harriman is a fashion theory and goth enthusiast. Marloes Bontje is a student of language, culture studies, and history.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have international look at goth/post-punk culture, music & fashion Feb. 21 2016
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I supported this project on Kickstarter, and it was so exciting to finally receive the book itself! Wonderfully, thoughtfully put together - a must for anyone interested in goth/post-punk culture, music & fashion in the 1980s/1990s. While you'll see many familiar faces here like Patricia Morrison (The Bags, The Gun Club, The Sisters of Mercy, etc.), the authors also took great care to solicit photos & memories from all over the globe, making this an incredible survey of fashion, style, aesthetics, culture & music. Kudos to Harriman and Bontje for taking on this subject, but looking beyond the oft exclusively Eurocentric focus. It's fantastic to see a more global perspective, and you may even learn of a few bands & creatives you've never heard of! Absolutely a must-have volume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book June 20 2015
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Excellent book! Well written, in a way that the subject is rarely covered. The international focus is great and a lot of wonderful bands I'd never heard are mentioned. Tons of beautiful pictures from the era. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must of those dark music fans Feb. 14 2015
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For those who are fans of Mick Mercer's goth-related books, this book is one to add to the collection. A fine collection of rare photos, flyers and nicely composed summaries of the deathrock scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any Trad Goth enthuiast Jan. 29 2016
By Katie E.M. - Published on
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I love this book so much that I am taking the time to write a review about it. This is a beautiful book with wonderful, evocative photographs. Extremely well-researched. You can tell that this was a labor of love for the authors and that they are enthusiastic about and excited by the subject matter. I am never taking this off my coffee table.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource and Delightful Read Dec 22 2015
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This book is an excellent resource for all things post-punk and goth. There is tons of information of these evolution of post-punk genres while providing very interesting images and pictures of bands from the era.