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Getting Up: Subway Graffiti in New York [Paperback]

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1 Jan 1984
"Getting Up" is the term used by graffiti "artists" to describe their success in making their mark on the New York subway system. Through candid interviews, New Yorker Craig Castleman documents the inside story of the lives and activities of these young graffitists.

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  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; New edition edition (1 Jan 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262530511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262530514
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 808,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A concise descriptive history of subway graffiti... well organized, informative and well illustrated... No matter if one judges subway graffiti to be art or pollution, one comes away from Getting Up admiring the ingenuity of the young writers." Robert R. Harris, The New York Times Book Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting up is a Quality book! 8 Jun 1998
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Getting up is the best book I have ever read. It's not filed with pictures but explains what life is like to be a writer in New York.It tells the story of Lee and his famous whole train!It tells you how the writers racked the spraycans!If you want to get in to Graffiti buy this book!!I enjoyed it from cover to cover. One point left to make=I only wish i was as good as the artists in Getting up! END
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful as an introduction. 18 April 2009
By Jess
Castleman gives a good historical introduction to graffiti and it's beginnings, his interviews are with the main writers of the time, such as Lee, and so this is a strong review of how it all started. It is the main text referenced in sociological writing about graffiti, but does not contain much sociological analysis itself. It was an interesting read, but obviously the graffiti scene has changed a lot since it was written! I would recommend it as a starting point for study, or just a read if your interested in the origins of graffiti culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna be "Tagger"??....Read this book first!! 21 Jan 1999
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Real stories about "REAL" grafitti artists. It could not have been done better! The author, Graig Castleman writes about one of the most respected artists of them all, Lee. Lee's Graffiti years were awsome. The book is great to help the public truly understand the term "Street Art" Any book that can make my own parents believe in my own Graffiti gets 5 stars!
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