Back in the Days

Back in the Days

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by Jamel Shabazz, Ernie Paniccioli
     
 

Back in the Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989--before it became what is today's billion-dollar international industry. Back in the days, the streets--not the media--set the standards for style & Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people. Working the streets of New York like the runways of Paris, Shabazz's subjects strike…  See more details below

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Back in the Days documents the emerging hip-hop scene from 1980-1989--before it became what is today's billion-dollar international industry. Back in the days, the streets--not the media--set the standards for style & Jamel Shabazz was on the scene, photographing everyday people. Working the streets of New York like the runways of Paris, Shabazz's subjects strike poses that flaunt their Kangol caps & Gazelle glasses, shell-top Adidas & suede Pumas complete with fat laces, shearling coats & leather jackets, gold rope chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boomboxes, & other assorted designer finery.

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Library Journal
Shabazz's photographs celebrate the "cool" style of early hip-hop culture between 1980 and 1989. Though his work is firmly rooted in the tradition of urban street photography, Shabazz here shows his subjects striking a pose and staring straight into the camera. The resulting images become less documentary and more yearbook-like in style. At first viewing, the clothes and posturing seem almost ridiculous, until we remember the excesses of the 1980s. By comparing the styles and attitudes of this bygone era to contemporary hip-hop culture, Ernie Paniccioli's essay places Shabazz's photos within a historical and social context. He points out that like all fresh and honest trends, the hip-hop style has become sadly commodified and more concerned with status than substance. But in the early era presented here, the focus was never style for style's sake it was about rebellion and survival. Shabazz, who has published his photos in the Source, Vibe, and other magazines, documents his "passion for photography and his love for his people" while raising important issues of racial justice and equality. Free self-expression is communicated through hair, clothing, shoes, jewelry, and, most importantly, posturing. An important examination of urban and youth culture through colorful photographs, this is recommended for all public and academic libraries. Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576871065
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
297,753
Product dimensions:
7.16(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Jamel Shabazz is the author of Back in the Days (powerHouse Books, 2001) and The Last Sunday in June (powerHouse Books, 2003). His photographs have appeared in publications including The Source, Vibe, TRACE, Flaunt, Mass Appeal, Jalouse, Black Book, OneWorld, and Honey. Shabazz’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York; by Kangol at the Dazed & Confused Gallery, London; by adidas and Lodown at adidas Originals, Berlin; and in Trace’s True Signs, Paris. His debut book, Back in the Days, has received astounding critical acclaim and commercial success since its initial release in January 2001. Shabazz was born in Brooklyn and lives in Long Island, New York.

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Back in the Days 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jamel Shabazz has captured a time that ushered in Rap and Hip-Hop. Both have had a tremendous impact to society. His photos speak a language of that day that can never be replaced. There was an innocence at that time that has since gotten twisted with an ¿I gotta get mine¿ mentality that prevails so heavily now. I greatly enjoyed this book and I recommend it to all ages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this wonderful timecapsule of posed photos, taken by Malcolm X's son in the early eighties, captures magnificently the innocence and creativity of early hip hop culture. in a time when the rap music has been corporatized and the remnants of it's culture sold in the mall and then force fed to brainwashed and exploited teen consumers, it is refreshing to remember a time when style was created not from buying consumer goods created by marketers, but as an expression of personal joy and creativity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I injoyed reading this book It is one of a kind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently purchased the book Back in the Days. I thought the author of the book did an excellent job capturing the beginning of the hip hop era. I grew up during this period and I could relate to the fashions, and the events that were going on in the world . I could see the author's vision through his eyes. This is a book for all ages. I enjoyed reading the book and I would highly recommend the book .