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"Hip: A History" is sufficiently thorough and analytical to read like a textbook of American cultural history.
I guess the author's purpose is to fully expose the reader to the topic matter; but this reader found it difficult to go through and sometimes confusing.
And, while it is magisterial in its breadth, Leland's many years as a professional magazine and newspaper writer lend it a refreshing and easy style.
Leland knows how to craft a history that is both edifyingand eminently entertaining. This is definitely a re-read book, maybe thrice - it's just that there are so many suggested... Read morePublished 11 months ago by WarrenT.
I needed this book for a class and did not have the time to wait to have it shipped. I was able to order it in class and have it in my kindle app on my ipad close enough to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jacky C
Very Smart. Definitely the best analysis of American culture and the counter culture I have ever read! If you like cultural analysis you've got to read this book!Published 14 months ago by Craig Leibfreid
This book has a great mix of photos, commentary, interviews and context to provide a valuable and easy to read cultural history of the hipster movement and the cultural relevance... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Marian Spector
The title led me to expect a simplistic, pop-culture look at what makes someone hip. That isn't what this book is. Leland's thoughts run deeper than that. Read morePublished on March 28, 2011 by Sam Adams
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, the history of what is hip is truly a history of American culture seen through the eyes of the non conformists. Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Curt Howard
John Leland's Hip:The History is the sort of book I like to read on the bus, the portentous social study of an indefinite essence that makes the reader of the book appear, well,... Read morePublished on May 2, 2009 by Ted Burke
This book is very enjoyable to read. It is one of the required texts for an American Culture course at the University of Michigan. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by King H. Yang