- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd (27 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 085965365X
- ISBN-13: 978-0859653657
- Product Dimensions: 19 x 23.5 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Goth Bible: A Compendium for the Darkly Inclined Paperback – 27 May 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
Goth is an extremely wide and expansive subject, so writing a 'bible' on it is a very hard task to set yourself, but Kilpatrick has lived up to it admirably. This book does not merely concentrate on goth culture today, or just gothic fashion and music (although there are great sections on these subjects), but gives a comprehensive study of gothic through the ages, including how today's 'goths' are connected to the original 'Goths'. Other areas studied are gothic architecture, art, writing, and even a section on famous graveyards.
While the goths interviewed may not represent every sort of person who is involved in the culture, they do help to illustrate how very varied goth is, showing people from many different countries, backgrounds and tastes coming together under the same mantle. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the gothic culture, or who is goth themselves, just as long as you remember that no book can ever represent the entirety of the culture.
I would recommend this to any parent of a Goth teen, or a teen who wants to go Goth or indeed any student who is exploring contemporary social history, art or textiles, or indeed if you are just curious about all things Goth. It makes a very good stand alone read.
Very readable in clear sections, this is a book I would recommend wholeheartedly.
One would expect it to follow on from Mick Mercer but it does not really do this. The section for instance on absinthe, seems a little unnecessary...yes the drink is linked to Poe and Baudelaire, but it is not really an integral part of immersing yourself in goth culture.
Also, the scope of people interviewed perhaps does not accurately represent the scene (which admittedly is hard to do) in its entirity.
This is not a bad book, but if you're looking for a book more about the scene then head for Mick Mercer's '21st century goth' which although a little out of date, is a veritable treasure trove of websites related to clothes, music, make up, gigs and so much more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a xmas present for an ex partner so so don't know if he likes it. Very reasonably priced & very quick in arriving.Published 23 months ago by Carol Greenley
An absolute must have for any goth. Definitely worth the money and a great resource.
Would recommend this book to anyone.