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"Glen E. Friedman has shot some of the most iconic skateboarding, punk rock and hip-hop images you've ever seen. . . .  [his] in-your-face imagery spotlights the unmistakable vitality inherent across all three subcultures, making him a veritable Weegee of the early skate, punk and hip hop scenes. The NYC-based photographer’s best-known book is the indispensable Fuck You Heroes, but his latest, My Rules, is just as compelling." -Maxim Magazine

"Friedman’s latest book My Rules...was nothing short of amazing. This is literally a book that every skateboarder, musician and cultural enthusiast must get their hands on. It is more than worth it." -Juice Magazine

"I don’t normally write posts and say “you must own this!” but… you’ve gotta get this! Glen E. Friedman’s new My Rules (Rizzoli) is simply stunning. A real masterpiece! It was a very pleasant—and unexpected—surprise indeed. The book is a glorious MONSTER, with huge color photographs and amazing B&W images. Glen’s work splendidly captures historic moments in time."

“My Rules
is the new book from Glen E. Friedman with the best of his early skate, punk, and hip-hop photography along with essays by the key players in each movement.” –The Skateboard Mag
“My Rules,
the 324-page tome has over 350 photographs and illustrations, and comes with contributing essays by such culture heavyweights as the visual artist Shepard Fairey, Chuck D. of the Public Enemy…The book is a pretty comprehensive source of Friedman’s here-and-now style of photography. Many photos of skaters mid-stride and bands mid-riff could not have been taken otherwise. Whether skate, punk, or hip-hop, Friedman photographed those who rebelled against the society that did not accept them in the first place. That some of them went on to influence popular culture and made it to the top of that very same society still seems somewhat strange. Whether Friedman is right or wrong is up for debate. But his photos, as a testament to the cultural energy in American streets in the late 20th Century, are not.” –StyleZeitgeist Magazine
“Weighing in at seven pounds and featuring 100 never-before-published photos as well as essays from Rick Rubin, Shepard Fairey, Ad-Rock, Henry Rollins, and many more, My Rules is a stunning, 324-page time capsule of counterculture's most revealing moments, serving as a bible for youth in revolt looking for honest inspiration.” –Fader Magazine
"Glen Friedman has taken so many photos of so many things I that I love that his work sort of makes me annoyed and angry. The original My Rules photo zine came out in 1982, and this new books collects all the photos I love (skateboarding, hip-hop, punk rock, Public Enemy wearing Minor Threat shirts). It is a monster that should dominate all coffee tables this year, man" –Artforum

The Man Behind the Most Iconic Portraits of Skaters, Punks, and Rappers. The best of these portraits has been compiled in a new photo anthology called My Rules. At the time, Friedman says he was just making pictures of what inspired him. He had no idea he was creating an important historical record of some of the era’s most influential musicians.” –Wired
"...represents some 30 years and 7 pounds of gorgeous hardcore, hiphop, and skateboarding history. " –

“It’s seems an insult that the work of photographer Glen E. Friedman isn’t more well known. The style of image he pioneered — a wide-eyed and wide-angled directness, at once natural and posed — is taken for granted in our popular culture, which has boldly ripped him off with very little credit. My Rules is a trip down memory lane, collecting many of Friedman’s most memorable images throughout his life, bridging the countercultures of punk/hip-hop and skateboarding, fused by their confrontational styles. Interspersed between the clusters of images are recollections from some of Friedman’s collaborators and subjects, including rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy, former Black Flag singer Henry Rollins, and the artist Shepard Fairey, who collaborated on the design of the book with Friedman.” –Artinfo
"Glen E. Friedman has spent the last 40 years creating the iconic images often associated with skateboarding, punk rock and hip hop and his new book, My Rules, brings an incredible collection of photographs from his archive together in one massive seven-pound tome. Friedman spoke to American Photo about combing through his archives, capturing counterculture movements and the never-before-seen gems that initially slipped through the cracks." –American Photo
"My Rules
isn't Friedman's debut, but rather an expansion on his early documentation on the subcultures that have punched the mainstream in the jaw so many times that they've tapped out and tried to cash in on them instead.” –ESPN

About the Author

Glen E. Friedman’s work has appeared in countless publications and exhibitions and is part of permanent collections, including those at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., among others. Shepard Fairey is a graphic designer. C. R. Stecyk III is the founder of Juxtapoz magazine. Henry Rollins is a musician and writer. Chuck D is a rap artist and activist. Tony Alva is a world-renowned skateboarder. Ian Mackaye is a musician and record label owner. Rick Rubin is an award-winning record producer. Adam Horovitz is a musician.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847843556
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847843558
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 1.5 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glen E. Friedman, (Born 1962) considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, became well known for working with such rebellious artists as Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C, KRS-1, and Public Enemy, as well as old school skateboarders like: Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan "Ollie" Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, among others. Many of his photographs are recognized as the subjects' definitive portraits. His graphic documents of the movement in culture reveal the science of defiance upon which all are based. Friedman's photos reflect the spirit of progression and angst that defined an era. Not only was he in the right places at an extraordinary number of appropriate times, Friedman has helped define the moment and movements he was caught up in. His process was much more incendiary than it was documentary. According to Henry Rollins "The bottom line is that he was there at the beginning of so much cool stuff in so many different areas it's not funny."

"Inspiring people, with integrity and rebelliousness."
For the past quarter century, Friedman has been doing just that.
- Los Angeles Times

"One of the greats of his generation."
- Washington Post

"The most prolific photographer of his generation."
- American Institute of Graphic Arts

"The esoteric political and aesthetic conscience of his generation..."
- Juxtapoz magazine

Glen E. Friedman's captivating images demonstrate his remarkable eye for raw reality, talent and aesthetic beauty. He is, without doubt, one of this generation's most discerning and important photographers, Friedman has documented like no one else.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark T on October 30, 2014
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I have to admit, rather sheepishly, that I didn't really know who Glen Friedman actually was until about 10 years ago. And by that time, I'd already absorbed so many of his great pictures without knowing who was behind them, and well, I feel a little silly now.

In the magazines, on the album covers, I was aware that certain pictures were grabbing me in a way that others weren't. Some photos just ARE....others not only ooze life, they reach out and pull you in for lack of a better description, and make you a part of them, like they're connecting with your state of mine. Paraphrasing Craig Stecyk in his introduction to Glen's work...he immerses himself in his subjects, and the photographs have that same pull on the viewer. You can see that in all of his pictures, from the legendary Z-Boys of the 70's, to the Bones Brigade of the 80's, from Black Flag to Public Enemy, from Minor Threat to Run DMC, a series of suburban connect-the-dots exercises. Friedman's work absolutely defines everything that makes the outsider feel that they've found something to call home, and if it's something that they're not aware of, his photographs inspire a need for education, to know what the hell that is, and how I can be a part of it as soon as possible. And even though, at the time, I didn't know that they were the work of one person, it's quite easy to look back now and at least identify a very tangible link between the photos in terms of subject and attitude.

Simply put, My Rules is an absolute monster. Compared to the (not to be insulting) slim editions of his prior works, "*uck You Heroes", and "*uck You Too", it's a monstrosity. I took a photo of it for a friend next to his collaborative book, "Dogtown: The Legend of the Z-Boys", and it dwarfs it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Parisi on September 18, 2014
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This book is a huge tome of photos from the 80's and early 90's chronicling Punk, Skating, and Hip Hop for those of us who wish they could have been there but couldn't for lack of years. Being 5 years old at the time I couldn't have caught Minor Threat at CBGB or Run DMC at the Palladium but there are plenty of photos from that time and place and many others in this book. Having plenty of friends who feel the same way I expect this book will see some serious use from guests leafing through it.

The construction and print quality are good. Photos fill entire pages with unobtrusive captions. Commentary from the various musicians and skaters pictured are interspersed but the book is easily 90% photos. Color quality is good, pages seem sturdy. Can't argue with the price point either. 35 bucks gets you a pretty hefty book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Tane on September 17, 2014
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This is a masterwork. Not only the photos - many seen before, but also many new ones - but the sequencing, written contributions from artists, and packaging make this an absolute must-have for any fan of Glen E. Friedman. If you're interested in seeing or learning about the most monumental forces in the history of punk, hardcore, skating and rap, this is the quintessential photography collection. I could not put the book down once I started flipping through and look forward to looking at, and reading in more detail for years to come. Kudos to Glen E. Friedman for not only the amazing photos he's captured and shared, but for the presentation and effort in putting out this outstanding, must-have book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Pattavina on October 1, 2014
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What can I say, Glen E Friedman documented all the things that have shaped my life. Skateboarding, Punk Rock and Hip Hop. He was at the center of so many things I loved documenting so many of my heroes. And this is the definitive collection of his work. Top notch all around. Couldn't imagine not purchasing this book. Don't imagine I'll ever get tired of flipping though it. I should have bought two, one to leave out on the coffee table where it'll undoubtedly attract the attention of most of my guests and one to save.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chip K. on October 30, 2014
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The value of the images within this book are wayy beyond what it costs to buy it. This book is huge, and the quality is top notch. Absolutely amazing collection of images, I'm really happy to have gotten a copy. Buy it before it's gone!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chuck on September 16, 2014
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If you like Glen Friedman's work, this book is outstanding. It's enormous and comprehensive, and probably has photos you've never seen before.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on September 17, 2014
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This book is IMMENSE and surely will take considerable time to digest, but first impressions are very positive. I knew I was in for a treat when I saw the tracking info noted the package weighed nearly eight pounds. Clear your coffee table and get ready to get lost in this. Here we have so many classic photographs, some we've seen and some new, but all presented in new ways regardless. The original written contributions from some of the subjects pictured within are worth the price of admission alone. The "embossed" cover texture is a great touch, literally. Those fortunate to own copies of Glen's older books and the original MY RULES 'zine will be happy to add this to their collection. For those who haven't had a chance to view this body of work, or those younger fans who are just discovering the artists Glen has helped share with the world, this is a fantastic place to start. Get it!
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I bought this as a gift for my friend. The book was delivered on time for his birthday and I have herd nothing but positive reviews from him regarding the quality,content and writing. I only previewed this at a local bookstore ( I personally own F**K You Heroes and The Idealist) to see if it was worth purchasing, In time I will buy a copy for myself as there are new photographs, and I really thought the lay out was top notch. Event the way the cover is made adds another touch of art to a grey collection of photographs by a truly amazing artist.
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