This month at our Berwick Street store, we have installed an ever changing archive of notable literature that have inspired, challenged perceptions and in some cases made us raise our eyebrows. As well as delving into limited editions, collaborations and original Underground shoes at our flagship residence, customers will now be able to spend time leafing through our books of choice. Here is some of the material you can find in store.
The Album Cover Art of Punk
Malcolm McLaren, the man behind one of Punk’s most scandalous and notoriously aggressive bands The Sex Pistols, offers a foreword to this paperback celebrating the music genre.
Featuring colourful album art work from musicians vital to the movement, Buckhardt & Friends work through a huge variety of artists reminding us why Punk was and remains, integral to Britain’s music industry today.
Street Boners: 1,764 Hipster Fashion Jokes
Vice cofounder Gavin McInnes, is a man with his fingers in many pies. After upping and leaving Canada to create Vice magazine in 1994, he upped and left again in 2008 to put his hard work into a satirical website, an advertising agency and this book.
Street Boners: 1,764 Hipster Fashion Jokes contains 1,764 hipster fashion jokes, and a series of corresponding photos that highlight hipster mannerisms and poke fun at them.
The jokes target everyone and everything from girls in limited clothing to stereotypical street art, ensuring every page provides a laugh.
Here is one of our favourites:
Little People in the City: The Street Art of Slinkachu
‘Slinkachu’ is a London-based artist whose work covers brick walls, concrete floors and metal doorways all over the capital. Unnoticed by many, this artist’s work is miniature and despite having appeared all over the world, each model is no bigger then a fingerprint.
The Little People Project began in 2006 and after two years of his characters being trapped in plug sockets, hanging from drains in King’s Cross and being washed away by London’s puddles, in 2008 this book was released drawing attention to all of Slinkachu’s tiny tribe.
To see more of Slinkachu’s work you can visit his blog here.
Arcade Fever is an illustrated tribute to 70s and 80s nostalgia. Including over 50 classic games, this book is from a world when Angry Birds and Candy Crush did not exist and our downtime was spent killing aliens and chasing dots.
This encyclopaedic history of video arcade games lists the classics such as Pacman, Tron and Space Vaders and encourages us all to reminisce. The Fan’s Guide to the Golden Age of Video Games also introduces us to the master minds behind the phenomenon such as the animators and musicians who are responsible for the catchy theme tunes and bold graphics.
Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson
This book provides a full insight into the life of music artist Lady Gaga, as seen through the lens of Terry Richardson.
The renowned photographer followed Gaga for one whole year, accompanying her across 30 tour dates, the MTV awards and Paris Fashion Week. The result is 300 captivating images from behind the scenes, on stage and from the other side of closed doors.
This book is a definite must have whether you are a Gaga fan, Richardson appreciator or coffee table book collector.
Ai Weiwei is a key figure in China’s contemporary art scene. A controversial artist who works with sculptures photography, installation and film, his work has made him one of China’s best-known artists. Recently incarcerated for 80 days by the Chinese authorities, Ai Weiwei is also one of the Chinese government’s biggest critics, acknowledging the changes in China through his work.
This book provides the first real insight into the artist’s work documenting his large scale installations, work with ancient materials and his strong political ideas.