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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: 14.7 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,165 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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By Jess on 18 April 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By A Customer on 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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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