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Live...Suburbia! Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“It’s like a personal, pictorial history book of everything Boston punk kids have been doing for the last 30 years…It’s kind of like a BHC version of the Up movies and will probably be on the coffee table or cistern of every person you know come Christmas.”
"Suburban skate punks shred the coffee table."
-Dazed & Confused
“It’s a visually compelling journey into a simultaneously disturbing and sentimental netherworld where being isolated from others usually means just one thing: dying to get out.”
“A sick collection with tons of throw back pics and personal stories of the post-1960s subcultures and how it unfolded before us.”
"[...] it reads like your cool, older friend's account of all the things you never got to experience. Only this time it's illustrated with a killer collection of photographs and great art direction."
"It’s an awesome book with stories about everything that mattered to me growing up."
About the Author
Anthony Pappalardo is the co-author of Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music published by MTV in 2008. He also wrote for Slap magazine from 1997 to 2002. Pappalardo’s writing has been published in Alternative Press, Mass Appeal, and Magnet. He currently records music as the Italian Horn and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Max G. Morton’s writing came to be after he started organizing the stories of his extraordinary life in 2005 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Max’s out-of-print debut, Indestructible Wolves of the Apocalypse Junkyard, was published in 2007. His 2008 compendium 23 led to a standing-room-only reading at the Strand bookstore and a feature in the prestigious “Lit Seen” book column in the Village Voice. Morton’s second book, Looking For the Magic, was released in July 2009. He currently runs Heartworm Press alongside Wesley Eisold, and resides in the West Village. He has written lyrics for and performed with Cold Cave (on Cremations) and has performed alongside Boyd Rice, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and John Joseph.
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bmx. music. friends. the whole thing.
incredible pictures. trends. hair. clothing.
all the goods and bads.
bmx and skating.
pics from the bike trick shows and skating jams.
and great writing about how things were.
get this book.
if you grew up in the 80s youll enjoy it.
The photos and the written pieces throughout all flow together, and give the reader an accurate idea of what it was like back then. The photos are almost entirely exclusive to this book too - so you won't see a bunch of recycled images here. The photos were submitted by the very people IN the photos that lived through this chaotic time period. The kids back then were mostly looked down upon &/or laughed at by outsiders... but didn't let it phase them. It was more fun being out of step instead of just falling in line with the "normal" people anyway.
I never would have predicted back then that a book would be made about that time 20+ years later - but I am VERY glad it did!
If you made it out of the suburbs and lived to tell the story of your youth, this book is for you. If not, I pity you.
If you made it out of the suburbs and lived to tell the story of your youth, this book is for you. If not, I pity you. Buy this book and relive your youth. The youth were restless. Read and you will understand why!
It's an interesting, organic look at how the things we take for granted now (punk culture, heavy metal, skateboarding) took shape on the grassroots level. The feel of the content is familiar, bringing up memories of times past, yet looks at what it all meant in a refreshing way. The book is a great way to relive old times and think about how they got us to where we are. A great addition to any pop culture-savvy library.
Since I'm a bit older, I'm not exactly comfortable with the casual inclusion of racist skinheads as just another scene that existed side by side with skateboarders and heavy metal worshipers; something that you or people you knew were involved with and then, maybe, outgrew. Pardon? Youth is no excuse. Those people were vile and can osculate my rosy red reproduction rod. (Yes, I know not all skinheads were racists, but there's no effort made here to sort out who's what.)
Essays on particular topics by the two authors, printed in too-small type, are often mundane but occasionally fun - I enjoyed the one about being stuck as lab partners with a friendly but overbearing girl who wasted your time with nosy personal questions. Mainly though it's a picture book, and the pictures are all amateur snaps taken of and by kids doing what they do. Too many similar shots - could have used some editing here. Go look up "Internet k hole" to see a better, weirder collection of a similar mindset.