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Sex, Drink and Fast Cars Paperback – March 12, 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (March 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394750462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394750460
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Wolfe said of Mr. Bayley, "I don't know of anybody with more interesting observations about style, taste and contemporary design."

Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known and outspoken commentators on modern culture, art and design. He contributes regularly to The Daily Mail, The Times, The Observer, The Spectator, The Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, The Independent, and GQ. Cars are on of his many passions, and he has written extensively on automobiles and automobile design for 25 years for both car companies and numerous publications including Car Magazine. He was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in (British) GQ.

As a design consultant his clients include: Ford, Absolut Vodka, Volkswagen, Audi, Foster Associates, BMW, the V&A Museum, among others. Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum, the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design, he appears frequently on radio and television, and lectures at museums and universities all over the world. His numerous books include Design: Intelligence Made Visible with co-author Terence Conran, published by Conran Octopus.

Mr. Bayley has been a judge at many national and international design competitions, including Campaign Press Awards, RIBA Architectural Awards, The Building Awards, Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance at Hurlingham, Cartier Style et Luxe at Goodwood, and the BBC Good Food Awards.

In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture.

He lives in London.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lee on February 19, 2007
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First of all, this isn't some sleazy novel. It's borderline academic.

I bought this book some time ago at Half Price Books because of the title and cover art as much as anything...being a hard core car buff who grew up with the 50s cars. The promo info sounded interesting, too. What influences car design? More to do with looks than inside tech stuff. The fins of the 50s for instance.

This is a well written book by an expert who tries to give the reader insight into this concept and does a great job, although some of what he says is a bit "deep" in a few spots, but nothing to ruin the read. I came with a communications and art background, as well as being a die-hard car buff, so that might have spurred me on to buy it and like it.

Anyways, no matter your background, you can pick this book up cheap, so try it. I just bough two copies to replace the original I had which I gave to a friend for Christmas...only after finding out I could get more copies.

This is one of few books I've ever had this kind of response to: went over to the house of the guy (another car buff) who recieved the book for Christmas. He brought out the book with markers sticking out of it and said, "What did you think of this passage?" He wanted to discuss the book and the author's thoughts and how it related to day's designs! Wow!

An example of the neat stuff in the book is where he relates the supposedly true story of some famous car designer's remarks when seeing the Triumph TR7 for the first time: "God, tell me it isn't the same on the other side!"

Author is a noted critic and curator for a major British museum and has authored several other books on design.
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I've read this book a few times. Excellent use of language to describe our love affair with automobiles.
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