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Back in the Days [Hardcover]

Jamel Shabazz , Freddy Fab
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books,U.S. (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576871061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576871065
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 18.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 296,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Documenting the emerging hip-hop scene before it became a billion-dollar industry, BACK IN THE DAYS reveals a time when the streets - not the media - set the standards for style. Shabazz's street-wise subjects strike poses that put supermodels to shame - showing off their Kangol caps, Gazelle glasses, shell-top Adidas sneakers and gold ropes. An anthropological showcase of real people who shaped hip-hop culture as it was emerging, this eloquent collection of portraits captures the innocence and fun of an era that spawned the fixations of today's generation.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that does take you " back in the day" 7 May 2002
I found this book to be very interesting Jamel Shabazz captures "Hip Hop style" of the eightes to a tee! This book found me thinking to back when I was young teenager and all I wanted a pair of Air Jordans to grace my feet (which I did get in the end). Also this book showed me how fashion does make a circle in style from way back when,to being the most wanted items of today, The shell toe Adidas trainers and Pumas. This is a book for those who grew up in 80's and for those who love Hip Hop today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flash to the Beat 22 Sep 2003
This book should be on the school national curriculum everywhere to combat the hostile takeover of hip hop by money making Music television owning media companies. What passes for hip-hop culture today is demonstrated to be pale and bloated. A picture tells a thousand words and these pictures tell you about a time when superstar lifestyles were a fantasy and not the norm, and materialistic gangsta rap hadn't hijacked the phenomenon. Fresh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful pictures 6 Feb 2010
By Opticus
This is a poignant work to ponder slowly. There is very little text; the pictures speak for themselves. One is tempted to say it shows a more innocent world although the truth is that the filter of the camera lens prevents us learning the hardships in the lives of the portrait subjects - many of whom, the author states, would soon be dead, often as a result of violent crime or the prevailing drug culture. Some of the people in these photographs were innocent victims of the society in which they grew up. Others certainly drove their own ruined destinies. This is both a work of nostalgia and yet a moving record of a world that in historical terms existed only recently yet has now gone forever...and how completely so....and is not necessarily to be mourned. As such the book documents social change in a dramatic manner and is of interest to a far wider readership than just the hip hop generation who grace its beautifully produced pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paint and Beatz 23 Dec 2006
This is a dope book about hip hop cultue. Not many words but the images and the layout and the hard back bounding make it a real pleasure to read. We sell it at the graffiti gallery, Paint and Beatz .com in Canterbury, UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...when brothers had waves, Cazal shades and corn braids... 22 Sep 2003
By James Rodriguez - Published on
Just when you thought you escaped Bell-Kangols, Sheepskins and the Koch administration, along comes "Back In The Days". Photograhper Jamel Shabazz's vibrant tome is fresher than two-tone British Walkers with the LEE suit to match! More like your man's childhood photo album, B.T.D. is a melting pot of style, attitude and a throw-back to the glory days of 80's Hip Hop fashion. Looking at these pages brought back fond memories of Kurtis Blow and B-boys, Jordache n' Jettas, subway graffiti and shopping on Delancey. Jamel does a great job of capturing the youth of New York in one of the most stylish and important decades in Hip Hop history. It would've been dope though to include actual info (i.e., date, location and names of subjects and/or crews) on each page, but the omissions only help to arouse curiosity. Funny enough, the irony in the era(s) being covered in this book is: no matter what the socioeconomic conditions of the times were, (i.e., drugs, poverty, crime, Reganomics etc.) kids in NY always found a way to look good! Back In The Days is a great book and an excellent reference to a period in Hip Hop history when the word "fresh" wasn't just a catchphrase, but a way of life. --James "Koe" Rodriguez
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's FRESH!!! 18 Jun 2002
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If you used to sit in front of the TV, after school, watching "YO MTV Raps" and "Rap City", then this book is for you. Just like how Moms and Dads can reminisce about the 60's & 70's, we can finally look back and remember the days when the only debt we had was a pager bill. Bamboo earings, asymmetric hair cuts, converse shoes and "TIGHT" jeans were in style. I usually don't spend over [price] on one book (I'm not that much of a reader) but I HAD to get this one. Definitely, a must have for those rainy days, or when you just want to sit back and "chill".
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what beauty the eyes can capture 5 April 2002
By Gail Foster - Published on
this book show a true gifted photographer,who has capture picture's from real life experience.I have also seen his work in several national magazines and also at the Brooklyn museum of art.He is truly another Gordon Parks.One never stops lookng back in the past at the fashion and styles of yesterday.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars damn that looks like me 28 Dec 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Machine 6 Jun 2010
By Tau Battice - Published on
Mr. Shabazz photographed his subjects with love and honesty. This wonderful document is nothing less than time travel.
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