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Vice Dos and Don'ts: 10 Years of VICE Magazine's Street Fashion Critiques Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446692824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446692823
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The hilarious, famously scathing Dos & Don’ts section of Vice gets its due in the latest compendium by Alvi, McInnes and Smith (The Vice Guide to Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll). It’s the best part of a magazine identified, variously, as an "ultra-hip underground magazine" and a "hotch-potch of F-words, cocaine, music and sex with occasional rants about how ‘stupid, lazy, older people should stop being so pathetic and shortsighted’ "—and known to those who read it as being a publication full of irresistibly stupid stuff written by very smart people. The legend of the magazine’s provenance is crucial ("Ten years ago two drunks and a junkie decided to take advantage of Montreal’s many ‘make work’ programs and start a government-funded magazine") to its appeal, and the Vice creators have spawned a kind of scruffy media empire out of their moments of juvenile genius. In the Dos & Don’ts, chief fashion analyst McInnis serves up wicked gems (many unprintable) to accompany the little photos. Of a man playing soccer in a Speedo, he writes, "You little Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in blue trunks—mongoosing all over the place like Julian Lennon video"; of a child wearing a leather jacket, he writes "Dear Kids, I hate your tiny little guts. Thanks for making it worse by ‘Born To Be Wild’ing your self sic up like that poster in my Guidance Counsellor’s sic office." When he’s feeling complimentary, he says of two middle-aged Quebecoise, "Even after 40 they still rock the high heels and cleavage….while the English moms go the way of the track pant, the frogs will be wearing that garter belt all the way to the grave." You get the idea.
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This has got to be the FUNNIEST book ever!
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It's a perfect coffee table book that you can pick up over and over and crack up laughing each time.
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Even without reading, this book is very funny.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By msmoon on September 28, 2004
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Love 'em or hate 'em, Vice is is not one to mince words. The NYC-via-Montreal magazine/record label/clothing store/book publishers compiled the "best of the best"...and "best of the worst" of Vice Magazine's street fashion critiques. Sometimes scathing, oftentimes blow milk out of your nose funny, mixed with thoughts of "I know he didn't just write that!" Vice Dos & Don'ts is an entertaining read. FYI: check out [...] for a complete archive of articles and 'fashion' critiques.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Palmer on January 2, 2005
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So most of the photo write-ups come from insular, genre-arguing, punk ex-junkies... That's a fact. Though on the whole, the photos are interesting, and the fashion reviews are humorous, especially when a visual faux pas is employed.

Sadly, many of the critiques are poop level, and the reviews of women generally amount to "hot-or-not" trash.

Nevertheless, the book goes great next to a toilet and will, no doubt, be the envy of all your teenage male friends.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Narumi on September 5, 2004
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Do not, I repeat DO NOT read this book on the train. I tried it and was laughing so hard everyone on the train was staring at me. This book is too funny to be brought out in public. I almost peed myself. Keep this book indoors where it belongs. It is the funniest thing I have ever read in my life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Empirical One on February 7, 2008
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In an age too often focused on the superficial and mundane, it is good to see that some people still focus on key issues for society. Buy this important book for yourself, your friends, your loved ones.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jason gilmour on October 19, 2004
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This has got to be the FUNNIEST book ever! That these guys are Canadian and NOT from Toronto makes the book even better! Yeah, the jokes are a bit cruel and un-P.C. but, jeepers, they are FAR from racist. Nobody is safe. Children, "normal" people, freaks even your mom could be captured on film and suddenly be forced to face the music for their fashion crimes! Most people who slam this type of humour are uptight, lame-o, party-poopin', pretentious, holier-than-thou nerds. If you know anything about VICE you will dig the vibe in this book.

Man, I am so afraid of people with cameras now!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SoniyaS on November 16, 2005
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(That's a quote from somewhere in the book) I haven't stopped laughing since I picked up this book and now I also can't stop finding Do's and Don'ts all over the streets of Chicago. I'll be giving this book out to unsuspecting friends for Xmas this year.
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By alan on February 26, 2014
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Very good reading for any ne who enjoys this type of book I enjoyed reading it very much Thank you
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By melissa ellis on August 19, 2013
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BECAUSE VICE PRODUCTS, BE THEY BOOKS, MAGAZINES, MINI-DOCS, ETC ARE ALWAYS SUPER FANTABULOUS AND SHOULD BE WATCHED, READ, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, BOUGHT.
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