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Street Knowledge [Hardcover]

King Adz
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Book Description

16 Sep 2010

An encyclopaedia of street culture for those who love Banksy or Irvine Welsh and want to know about the cutting-edge talents, past and present, who have shaped urban cool.

This eye-catching insider's guide includes old-school graffiti legends, avant-garde street artists, film-makers, DJ's, designers, writers and poets who have influenced urban culture. From the ground-breaking New York artists of the 1980s to the unique work of modern-day Iranians – this book shows how street culture has penetrated every aspect of modern life.

Street Knowledge includes work and exclusive interviews from some of the world's most famous artists and talents, such as Banksy, David LaChapelle, Kelsey Brookes, Quik, Tony Kaye, Tama Janowitz, The KLF, Shawn Stussy, Obey, Irvine Welsh, Martha Cooper and Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as lesser-known and up-coming talents who are literally coming up from the streets to a gallery, cinema, clothes shop or mp3 player near you.

It also looks at the cities where all this is happening right now and gives the reader a mini city-guide to where the hottest spots are to be found and where to eat sleep shop drink and check out the freshest art, design and fashion. This is the first time there has been an in-depth look at street culture by a major publisher.

Literally too much going on within the pages of this unique book to do justice in one paragraph…


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; 1st Edition edition (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007318693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007318698
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

King Adz is an author and creative/director who specializes in the creation and documentation of Youth Culture. He has traveled constantly for the last 15 years examining global youth talent and sub-cultures and been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential and interesting people around.

He roams the globe to touch, taste and experience what's happening on the ground, documenting his findings in book projects like The Urban Cookbook (Creative Recipes for the Graffiti Generation) and Street Knowledge (An A to Z of Urban Culture). Whether he's going underground in Tel Aviv or discovering new sounds in Rwanda, Adz uses his little black book and unwavering honesty to expose the biggest players and break-out names in the world of creativity, street culture, food, travel and beyond.

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Reviews for previous work;

'The art and observations in The Urban Cookbook are more enticing than the recipes. But that is probably the point. King Adz has pulled together 50 recipes, 25 urban talents and five cities in this very hip city guide that would make a great
Christmas present.' The Observer

'A dazzling mish-mash of styles and points of view, Adz's volume succeeds as a visual travelogue of street art and cutting edge design.' Publishers Weekly

'Really great stuff. Quirky, idiosyncratic, but mostly it gave a great feel for the complexities of hip, web-driven urban culture.' Eric Hansen, author of Motorcycling with Mohammed talking about The Urban Cookbook.

'Eclectic interviews, street art, graphics, and photography with a truly global urban youth perspective (uh, no, not "urban youth" like pictures of 50 Cent posing with a cognac in Vibe magazine).' Fallon New York

'Colourful and vibrant, the book is illustrated throughout with original photography, giving the reader a feel for the street life of the featured cities. One of the most refreshing and innovative cookbooks out there, The Urban Cookbook
reminds us of the creative and community spirit that surrounds food.' Pimp Guides

'Just when you thought graffiti books were becoming a bit formulaic King Adz pops up with The Urban Cookbook which combines street food, art and style into one image packed volume. He takes the best of all three forms and mashes it all up intoa thoroughly enjoyable visual feast…King Adz really knows how to bring things alive with his obvious passion for the subject.' Art of the State

About the Author

King Adz is a writer, photographer and filmmaker who specializes in all aspects of of street culture: Travel, Food, Talent and Stories. He writes a column in Huck Magazine (street sports & culture) and regularly contributes to Little White Lies (film magazine) both of which are award winning publications.

From 1996 – 2000 Adz worked as a creative director for agencies such as DDB, O&M and DMB&B all over the world creating work for the following brands; Levi's, Smirnoff, Nokia, Seagrams, Vodaphone/Vodacom, Teleflorist, Wrigley's, The BBC, The British Museum, Peacocks, AND 1, Total Sports,
Musica…

From 2000 – 2008 he was the founder, editor and creative director of 100proofTRUTH, a PDF that showcased and celebrated all diverse aspects of street culture.

From 2000 – present day Adz has worked as a film & video director creating commercials, music videos and documentaries for a diverse range of clients and he continues to create films to accompany all of his books.

The Urban Cookbook film was premiered at the 2008 International Amsterdam Film Festival.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 28 Feb 2014
By Susie M
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my Son for Christmas and he just loved it. Really nicely put together with just enough information but plenty of glossy prints of street art culture.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 1 Dec 2010
Format:Hardcover
Bought this book on the promise: street knowledge...The encyclopedia of street culture. But it ends up being a diary of the author's travels and meetings. A one pager on what to do in London... And is heavily biased towards what and who he likes.
In the end, it shouldn't have been a book, but probably a documentary. As a book it just is really boring, hard to get into and uninteresting.
I actually found the films promoting the book more interesting than the book itself.
Shame, I was expecting to uncover a few gems in it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Street knowledge..... it's arrived! 9 Oct 2010
By Maria
Format:Hardcover
I arrived at the collecting office with some excitement, it was either the Twin Peaks box set or my copy of Street Knowledge and I knew which was preferable. Fortunately 'twas the latter and I hurried home with my parcel. First impressions? Well I loved the size, it's big enough to appreciate the awesome photography but equally small enough not to black your eye should it fall on your face while reading it in bed! The cover is inviting and quirky, with cute little holes to stick your fingers through and the impressive foreword by Irvine Welsh is engaging without being patronising. Once you hit the main text, press the button and you're off...... This book can be read in a number of ways, it is perfect for dipping in and out of if you have a few minutes to spare, or you can lose the whole afternoon to it and read the lot in one go, which is what I did.Street Knowledge is set out like an A to Z with information on various artisans who have made an impression on the author over the years. It gives you just enough to be hooked then suggests further reading or websites for you to access, should you so desire. I particularly liked the little footnotes that guide you through the key points and of course, visually it is truly stunning. Having read other books by King Adz,I was hoping for another effervescent voyage into the world of urban creativity and clearly this book does not disappoint. Apart from the obvious beautiful photography, this book offers a way into street culture that is accessible to all. Buy this book and prepare to be dragged into the provocative world of Street Knowledge. Oh Yeah, King Adz has got it going on !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 6 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
Great book with more than 300 pages of magic images. Learned how to connect street art with pizza. First time I heard about Sabich and will definitely go after that. Cannot stop reading. Very happy to be part of it (page 234, 235)! Do enjoy too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars swing beat 9 Oct 2010
Format:Hardcover
Wicked book, can't recommend it more to anyone with a slight interest in street culture. Hush's art is masterful, the KLF are always good and the man who drew mouths in the palms of hands (what would you do if you had one?) is a GOD!!!

That man King Adz knows his stuff - he looks really cool too, even as a fresh-ish faced 20 year old, although the person behind him in the 1990 picture with limp white man dredds looks even FITTER!!!!!

BUY IT!!!!!
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