Hip by John Leland
The History (P.S.)

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Hip: The History is the story of how American pop culture has evolved throughout the twentieth century to its current position as world cultural touchstone. How did hip become such an obsession? From sex and music to fashion and commerce, John Leland tracks the arc of ideas as they move from subterranean Bohemia to Madison Avenue and back again. Hip: The History examines how hip has helped shape -- and continues to influence -- America's view of itself, and provides an incisive account of hip's quest for authenticity.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
 

About John Leland

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John Leland is a reporter for the New York Times and former editor in chief of Details, and he was an original columnist at SPIN magazine. Robert Christgau of the Village Voice called him "the best American postmod critic (the best new American rock critic period)," and Chuck D of Public Enemy said the nasty parts of the song "Bring the Noise" were written about him. He lives in Manhattan's East Village with his wife, Risa, and son, Jordan.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 432 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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What is hip? Leland has researched contemporary answers to that question for Spin , Details and the Ne

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The New York Times

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Despite its pop-cultural sensibility, John Leland's history of American hipness is a proper work of scholarship.

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The New York Times

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John Leland offers a thoroughgoing, research-intensive analysis of that uniquely American anti-establishmentarian posture known as hip.

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Writing a book-length dissertation on the history of hip is an enterprise fraught with peril: After all, the concept of hip is invariably tethered...

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Seattle Times 2 of 5 Stars"This is going to sound weird, but I would much rather take a university course in the history of hip taught by John Leland than read his highly detailed but ultimately unsatisfying new book … [B]oiling a pop-culture laundry list into a book format drains the subject of ...

Oct 10 2007 | Read Full Review of Hip: The History (P.S.)

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