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The Look: Adventures in Rock and Pop Fashion [Paperback]

Malcolm McLaren , Paul Gorman , Paul Smith
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4 May 2006
Containing 120,000 words and 300-plus images - many of them rare and previously unpublished - The Look is the definitive account of the combustion which occurs when fantastic style meets great music, from Elvis Presley to Pete Doherty.
Meanwhile the limited edition 11-track CD which comes with the book includes songs by David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Miles Davis and Boy George.
With a foreword by the maverick creator of the Sex Pistols, Malcolm McLaren, and an introduction by international fashion mogul Paul Smith, The Look celebrates the style of such iconic artists as Elvis, The Beatles, the Velvet Underground, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bowie and Jimi Hendrix, as well as the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Madonna, Sean "Diddy" Combes, Oasis, Andre 3000 and Gwen Stefani.
The Look is a must for readers and fans of pop culture, music, celebrity, style, design and fashion, containing many exclusive interviews and images, among them:

• Dior's Hedi Slimane talks about his muses Pete Doherty and Franz Ferdinand and contributes photographs of David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Razorlight and others
• Postcards from the late Joe Strummer to The Clash designer Alex Michon
• Photographs of Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s 60s clothes
• A rare photo of Paul McCartney outside his Soho tailor in 1965
• A rare photo of David Bowie with his designer Freddie Buretti in 1970
• An interview with Elvis Presley’s tailor Bernard Lansky
• The last interview with the late John Stephen, the King Of Carnaby Street
• Malcolm McLaren talks about his outrageous punk T-shirt designs
• Dexys Midnight Runners’ leader Kevin Rowland’s essay on "the great lost look" of 1968
• Boy George talks about his controversial fashion label B-Rude
• A stunning photograph of Jimi Hendrix taken by his friend Bruce Fleming



Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Adelita Ltd; Rev Ed edition (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955201705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955201707
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 28.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A highly entertaining read... handsomely illustrated." -- Peter Kane, Q, July 2006

"Beautifully presented and meticulously researched" -- The Guardian, June 24 2006

"This is THE book" -- Robert Elms, The Times, July 15 2006

"A highly entertaining read... handsomely illustrated." -- Peter Kane, Q, July 2006

"A must-have for all pop culture fans." -- Toni & Guy, Summer 2006

"A truly fabulous and indispensable book." -- Pat Gilbert, Mojo, July 2006

"Give your coffee table style cred.. the definitve guide to music
and style." -- S, Sunday Express, 14 May 2006

"Give your coffee table style cred.. the definitve guide to music and style." -- S, Sunday Express, 14 May 2006

"Kecks, drugs and rock 'n' roll." -- Zoo, 26 May - 1 June, 2006

About the Author

Paul Gorman is a London-based writer who has worked in the US, the Uk and Asia, contributing to such publications as Music week, Screen International, GQ, Radio Times, Evening Standard, Mojo, Heat, Word, and the Daily Telegraph.
His books include the definitive history of the music press In Their Own Write (2001); Nine Lives, with Goldie (2002); the Sunday Times bestseller Straight, with Boy George (2005); and Blood & Fire, with Robin & Ali Campbell (2005).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's on the Free CD? 15 Oct 2010
By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The CD is found inside the back cover of the book. Tracks included are:

1. Elvis Presley - Mystery Train
2. Miles Davis - Smooch
3. David Bowie - I Dig Everything
4. The Purple Gang - Granny Takes A Trip
5. Malcolm McLaren - Paris Deux
6. John Cale and Brian Eno - Spinning Away
7. Boy George - Song For A Boy In Deep Water
8. Blue Rondo A La Turk - Klacto Part Two
9. Pam Hogg - Opel Eyes
10. Kevin Rowland - Rag Doll
11. World According To - First Day Of Spring
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on fashion ever? 9 May 2006
Format:Paperback
Sorry to be over the top but this must rank among the best books on fashion ever ever ever (at least post 45) ever. Not only does it cover all the popular icons of our times - Elvis, Hendrix, Bowie, Jagger, yes, even Pete Doherty and Goldfrapp - but it details how fashion and style have developed, taking in everyone from Chanel and Stella McCartney and YSL and Katharine Hamnett and Galliano and Westwood to Jonny Rotten and Sid Vicious etc etc.

I've actually got a degree in this subject and there is stuff here I and my tutors have never even seen - shops like Universal Witness and Alkasura? Never heard of ithem but this book has photos and details of people like Bolan, Led Zep and Bowie buying their clothes there.

It's got a great CD with Bowieand Elvis on, and things like personal postcards from Joe Strummer and Paul McCartney dancing around in Soho.

I wish i'd had this when I was doing my finals!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good read 5 Oct 2011
By T.M.A
Format:Paperback
As someone who is music and history junky, and a developing interest in fashion and style.

All I can say is: it is thoroughly readable, great pictures, great interviews, and - historical method was quite sound! I feel I have learnt a lot about a subject I know little about.

I've learnt a great deal from this book, and will recommend very highly to my friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 14 July 2001
By Peter Justin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Wow - I'm amazed that this book hasn't got more attention. First off it looks like a coffee table bookw ith loads of good pix and graphics - there is one of McLaren & Westwood from 1971 which is incredible. I've got all the books and pix relating to the Sex Pistols and this pair but I've never seen that one before.
Anyway there are loads of examples for everyone - the Elvis pix are great as are the Beatles and Mod ones. But once you start reading it really comes into its own.
There are interviews with the guy that made Elvis's clothes way back in teh eraly 50s as well as The Beatles tailor but also up to date people like Wayne Hemingway.
My own criticism is that there isn't enough on American style but I guess since we stole a whole lot from the limeys it could be justified.
Can't recommend it enough.
Pete
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anybody who has an interest in music and fashion...seriously!!! 13 Mar 2010
By The Ras with Class - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing up anywhere usually revolves about two major things in your life...what you listen too and what you wear!
Paul Gorman has created here one of the most important must haves for anyone who has an interest in music and fashion.
This book has it all and I cannot recommend it highly enough, filled with fantastic and rare pictures it takes the reader on a fantastic journey about The Look.
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