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Steve Powers - Studio Gangster Hardcover – December 12, 2007

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I've seen Steve Powers work in highbrow galleries and at Coney Island, in books and on a raincoat. I think I saw some in a deli once. What can I say? He brings the cosmic Zen koan to the pawnshop, the Sermon on the Mount to the gas station and the Ten Commandments with better lettering. This is really beautiful stuff. --David Byrne
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Gingko Press; 1st edition (December 12, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584232870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584232872
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,489,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Powers is a graphic genius. His Philly roots shine in this glorious collection of colorful work. Buy this book. Steve will be glad you did.
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Studio Gangster is an amazing book of artwork and words by Steve "ESPO" Powers. First published in the United States in 1951, this book has been a frequently challenged book for its liberal use of profanity and portrayal of sexuality and teenage angst. Originally published for adults, the book has become a common part of high school and college curricula throughout the English-speaking world; it has also been translated into almost all of the world's major languages. Around 250,000 copies are sold each year, with total sales of more than 65 million. Studio Gangster was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. The book's protagonist, Steve Powers, or ESPO, has become an icon for teenage rebellion and defiance. Written in the first person, Studio Gangster follows Power's experiences in New York City in the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a college preparatory school. If you don't buy this book you are fat and girls will not like you and God and your parents don't love you anymore.
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