Covert Culture: Sourcebook

Covert Culture: Sourcebook

by Richard Kadrey
     
 
Nothing interesting ever happens at the center. Everything interesting is out at the edges. Sparks kick up when opposing edges meet. Sometimes hot edges fuse, creating something wild and new--the birth of a hopeful monster. That's cover culture.

Covert Culture Sourcebook is a guide to the best and weirdest alternative music, books, videos, zines, fashions,

Overview

Nothing interesting ever happens at the center. Everything interesting is out at the edges. Sparks kick up when opposing edges meet. Sometimes hot edges fuse, creating something wild and new--the birth of a hopeful monster. That's cover culture.

Covert Culture Sourcebook is a guide to the best and weirdest alternative music, books, videos, zines, fashions, software, technology, and "tools for living"; it features commentary, reviews, and descriptions and provides contact names and addresses. It's a starter kit, a sort of treasure map where X doesn't mark the spot, but a thousand X's mark a thousand spots.

Editorial Reviews

Gordon Flagg
St. Martin's is touting this guide as ""Mondo 2000" meets the "Whole Earth Catalog""--not a bad characterization of a volume that crosses the "WEC"'s "Access to Tools" utility with "Mondo"'s cutting-edge approach. It's a selective but aware compilation of the new "alternative" media: books (from cyberpunk fiction to the "Psychedelics Encyclopedia"), zines (from "Future Sex" to "Women & Guns" plus a scattering of on-line zines on computer bulletin board systems), music (of the "indy," "new," and "world" varieties), video (from underground films to noncommercial documentaries), and (playing up the Whole Earth connection) "Tools for Living," including resources on tattooing, guides to sex toys and smart drugs, and bizarre software and wearable computers. Although some of the entries aren't as "out there" as they might be (many of the books and CDs are from mainstream publishers and labels, available even in mall stores), many others usefully introduce examples of personal creativity made possible by PCs, photocopiers, camcorders, and digital samplers. It's impossible to imagine that any interested reader won't want to track down something from this collection, and Kadrey lists mail-order resources to make that easier.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312097769
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
08/02/1993
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.70(d)

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