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Pop Surf Culture : Music, Design, Film, and Fashion from the Bohemian Surf Boom [Paperback]

Brian Chidester , Domenic Priore
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21 Aug 2014
An insightful chronicle tracing the roots of the surf boom and its connection to the Beat Generation and 1960s pop culture. Featuring examinations of original beachcomber personalities like the Waikiki Beachboys to the rise of Venice Beach as a creative centre for music, art and film, this text illustrates why surf culture is a vital art movement of the 20th century. Key figures, both obscure and popular, as well as the full spectrum of the pop culture world, are discussed, from """"beach"""" movies to the Trashwomen and the Beach Boys.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: SANTA MONICA PRESS (21 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800800
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 2.2 cm
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book's a blast! 23 Nov 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Surf Movie Tonite! Surfing and Social Theory: Experience, Embodiment and Narrative of the Dream Glide

This book is a blast! 270 pages of wonderful detail, artwork and feeling for classic surfing Californiana. The 'book description' above definitely doesn't do it justice but of course you can see the contents and style from the 'look inside'. A massive element in the allure of surfing is the powerful and seductive imaging and iconography that crystallised in 60s California, and still today feeds into aspects of the rich aesthetics that pervade surfing as a lifestyle phenomenon.

Along with the maturation of surfing culture there is a proliferating literature as it's acolytes seek to both make it's deep personal impact intelligible and just revel in it's sense of fun and pure joy. Chichester and Priore's 'Pop Surf Culture' makes a truly wonderful and informative contribution to this literature. The focus is the music, design, film and fashion of the sixties surf boom, and it's this specific historical concentration on one (key) part of the contemporary surf culture narrative that gives the book it's impact.

Surf-wise the sixties were 'before my time' (I started board surfing from the early seventies), so for me this book is a trip into another place and an earlier historical horizon and I've found that fascinating. I also realize that many surfers younger than me are drawn to the retro dimensions of the dream glide. Above all what I want to stress is that, given the incredible amount of sources 'out there' on the web and so on 'these days' (does that make me sound dated?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Surf Opus for All Generations 16 Dec 2008
By SOJJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've been devouring this ever since it came into my hands. The book gives the reader an absolute coverage of the past-time's varied aspects; geographically, culturally, emotionally & historically. It's split into concise sections, illustrated beautifully and exhaustingly with incredible photos, ads & posters, and written in a way that at times both takes a more documentarian style of coverage & a very personalized kind of coverage. It spans the history and marvels as it teaches, reading fast despite the vast amount of information it contains.
The love of the subject matter from the authors POVs was clear; the devotion to the detailed coverage was evident. Whether you're a long time board dog or just curious about the culture, it's a great read and a worthwhile addition to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tells the story I have heard bits and pieces of over the years... 29 Jun 2009
By Parker T. Steel - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a native so-Californian and a lifelong surfer. So I've spent my life in the water and along the coast, and have heard (and lived through) my of the evolution of the surf culture. I picked up this book to help give me a better grasp of the formative years, plus to learn about all of the 'behind the scene' activities that have contributed to the changes that formed what is today's surf culture. While I am an avid reader, the pictures contained in this book are mind-blowing! The historical photos, with associated commentary, really nail home the stories I had only heard in piecemail. It is an easy read, with many small, digestable sectiions covering different events/times. I can pick up the book for 10 minutes, or sit down for a lengthy period, so I find it easy to get through it.

I recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in learning about the history of surfing or the so-Cal lifestyle. The authors do a great job stringing together all the events in a sensible fashion, and the book has earned a spot in my 'coffe table' book pile where non-surfers will certainly pick it up and enjoy the amazing variety of pics. A great addition to the collection for anyone with a passion for the water.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure Surf images and history unearthed! 3 Nov 2008
By Otto von Stroheim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Who else to publish an eye-opening, history-breaking account of the beginnings of Surf culture than Sixties historian Domenic Priore and his Dumb Angel Gazette partner/publisher Brian Chidester.

Meticulously researched and packed full of incredible imagery, this book is a must for everyone from Pop culture history buffs to your average gremmie!

Buy a copy for every surfer friend for Christmas so they know their roots.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book's a blast 4 Jan 2013
By Nick Reef - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is a blast! 270 pages of wonderful detail, artwork and feeling for classic surfing Californiana. The 'book description' above definitely doesn't do it justice but of course you can see the contents and style from the 'look inside'. A massive element in the allure of surfing is the powerful and seductive imaging and iconography that crystallised in 60s California, and still today feeds into aspects of the rich aesthetics that pervade surfing as a lifestyle phenomenon.

Along with the maturation of surfing culture there is a proliferating literature as it's acolytes seek to both make it's deep personal impact intelligible and just revel in it's sense of fun and pure joy. Chichester and Priore's 'Pop Surf Culture' makes a truly wonderful and informative contribution to this literature. The focus is the music, design, film and fashion of the sixties surf boom, and it's this specific historical concentration on one (key) part of the contemporary surf culture narrative that gives the book it's impact.

Surf-wise the sixties were 'before my time' (I started board surfing from the early seventies), so for me this book is a trip into another place and an earlier historical horizon and I've found that fascinating. I also realize that many surfers younger than me are drawn to the retro dimensions of the dream glide. Above all what I want to stress is that, given the incredible amount of sources 'out there' on the web and so on 'these days' (does that make me sound dated?) this is a book with which you can interact or perhaps rather, mess around. There is just so much wonderful stuff in here and I'd contend that this book goes further than so many other recent surfing books due to the authors' deep personal familiarity with the material and creative flair. For instance you can use these short but packed chapters to explore a whole range of early surf music, beach movies, posters and other artwork that you'd never heard of, and then from other sources go further again. Just thinking of the sixties Hollywood surf and beach movies it's customary now to denigrate them as sort of inauthentic and superficial, but after reading this book I actually watched one on TV recently, and guess what, it was fun.

As I say there's so much other stuff on this, for instance Matt Warshaw's 'Surf Movie Tonite!'[ASIN:B001QFY26Q Surf Movie Tonite!: Surf Movie Poster Art, 1957-2004) naturally has a larger and more gorgeous collection of classic surf posters, and if you want to understand surf culture more academically there's [ASIN:B000OT865S Surfing and Social Theory], but this book is a delight. 'Pop Surf Culture' is beautifully designed and put together, there's a terrific aesthetic coherence and expressiveness about the whole thing - this is what 'a book' is all about in this era of expanding media. There's Hawaiiana, Tiki, A-frame dream homes, smiling bikinied babes, bronzed beach bums and cool dudes in shades, cartoons, snapshots of ephemeral shacks, interviews, pop art, twang 45s, burlesque tittyshakers, jungle exotica, and gig stubs - maybe that blend of innocence, fun, wackiness and the energy that was the surfing sixties. And somehow it all really fits together and flows. In short the book must have been conceived in fun yet I know it must also have been crafted with care. My thanks to Brian Chidester and Dominic Priore for their labour of love.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dig It 12 Dec 2009
By J. mccoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I appreciate all the work in putting such a large range of interesting stories and pictures together like this. I've got quite a large library of this type of book and this one is in the top 10 for sure. Thanks to the makers for such a huge effort to do a full cross section of our art. Congrats. higly recommended for sure
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