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Glen E. Friedman: My Rules Hardcover – September 16, 2014
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"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." -DangerousMinds.net
“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. " –Boingboing.net
“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
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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.Read more ›
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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Bought in preowned condition and it was in new condition, satisfied customers...Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE IT!!!Absolutely love it.Arrived quite quickly (considering shipping to Mexico is usually a blow or takes an eternity...) and the book is immaculate. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MelonAsesino
Arrived in perfect condition. Classic coffee table book too.Published 8 months ago by Kara E. Murphy
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... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kurt Williams