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Uncommon by [Owen Hatherley]

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Owen Hatherley is a writer on political aesthetics. He is the author of Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009) and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


This book is a small marvel. Even within the most ambiguous cultural flowering, something transcendent is cached. Owen Hatherley knows this. Possessed of an architect's clarity and a modernist's astringent vision, he draws forth the the paradoxical and brilliant core of Britpop, and restores Pulp's contradictory genius to its proper place in history. Behind the Blairite swagger of Cool Britannia and the spackle of commercial spectacle, Hatherley finds the truth of pop culture and social antagonism, entangled with the glory and oddity of Pulp's musical career and evanescent fame. Elegant about the songs, lucid about the band's warped trajectory, and incisive about the politics of daily life coiled within the sound and lyrics and moment, Hatherley chronicles the adventures of the Sheffield gang and their "class war casanova" who came forth as the truth of a deeply false moment, bad faith you could dance to, a dialectical verdict on a singular passage in time. (Joshua Clover) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0056A1HS8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ John Hunt Publishing (June 16, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 16, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1944 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 135 pages
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Owen Hatherley was born in Southampton, England in 1981. He received a PhD from Birkbeck College in 2011 for the thesis The Political Aesthetics of Americanism, which was published in 2016 as The Chaplin Machine (Pluto Press).

He writes regularly on architecture, culture and politics for Architectural Review, the Guardian, Jacobin and the London Review of Books, among others. He has published the following books: Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010), Uncommon – An Essay on Pulp (Zero, 2011), Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012), A New Kind of Bleak (Verso 2012), Landscapes of Communism (Penguin, 2015), The Ministry of Nostalgia (Verso, 2016), Trans-Europe Express (Penguin, 2018), The Adventures of Owen Hatherley in the Post-Soviet Space (Repeater, 2018), Soviet Metro Stations (with Christopher Herwig, Fuel, 2019), Red Metropolis (Repeater, 2020), and the forthcoming Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances (Verso 2021) and Modern Buildings in Britain (Penguin, 2021).

Hatherley is also the editor of The Alternative Guide to the London Boroughs (Open House, 2020). He has edited and introduced an updated edition of Ian Nairn's Nairn's Towns (Notting Hill Editions, 2013), written texts for the exhibition Brutalust: Celebrating Post-War Southampton at the K6 Gallery, and introduced William Morris' How I Became A Socialist (Verso, 2020). Between 2006 and 2010 he wrote the blog 'Sit Down Man, You're a Bloody Tragedy'. He is the culture editor of Tribune.

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Dario Terracotta
4.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive and Thoughtful - Just like Pulp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uncommonly Good: To the heart of Pulp
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