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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859654338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859654333
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1 x 25.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 678,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well informed and wide-ranging, Goth Chic is a great introduction to the subculture. --Kerrang!, September 07th, 2002.<br /><br />Goth Chic is a remarkably interesting facts to know and tell book about the often misconceived gothic culture. The author of Lucifer Rising, Baddeley examines and offers an explanation of a culture described as a philosophical perspective but which is denied by most of its icons... Not just for the Mission-adoring veteran, this is a truly interesting and informed read for anyone who has a passing interest in gothic literature, music and for those with a black-eyeliner fixation. --Record Collector, October, 2002.<br /><br />Goth is cool. Not all Goths are cool, some are just sad. But as an aesthetic, and taking in the breadth of Gothic style (music, film, literature, sex, fashion, architecture), it s right up there with gayness as a defining influence on 20th and 21st century popular culture... From Byron to Poe, Tim Burton to Lovecraft, Christopher Lee to fetish clubs, Goth Chic is an essential handbook for aspiring Goths. 4/5 --Loaded, December, 2002

Goth Chic is a remarkably interesting facts to know and tell book about the often misconceived gothic culture. The author of Lucifer Rising, Baddeley examines and offers an explanation of a culture described as a philosophical perspective but which is denied by most of its icons... Not just for the Mission-adoring veteran, this is a truly interesting and informed read for anyone who has a passing interest in gothic literature, music and for those with a black-eyeliner fixation. --Record Collector, October, 2002.

Goth is cool. Not all Goths are cool, some are just sad. But as an aesthetic, and taking in the breadth of Gothic style (music, film, literature, sex, fashion, architecture), it s right up there with gayness as a defining influence on 20th and 21st century popular culture... From Byron to Poe, Tim Burton to Lovecraft, Christopher Lee to fetish clubs, Goth Chic is an essential handbook for aspiring Goths. 4/5 --Loaded, December, 2002

About the Author

Gavin Baddeley is a graduate of Cambridge University. As a journalist, he has written for a variety of publications on his specialised subjects of the occult, rock music and trash culture. As a lecturer he has conducted a summer school on the occult. He was also made an official British representative of the Church of Satan by its late founder, Anton LaVey. He is the author of Lucifer Rising, Dissecting Marilyn Manson, and Goth Chic: A Connoisseur s Guide to Dark Culture.


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Goth is a well researched, beautifully illustrated and intelligently written description of the Gothic subculture throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Some of the connections Baddeley makes surprised me; but they are so well argued that it is hard to disregard them, making it an illuminating and fascinating read even for a goth-elder.

I was particularly impressed by Baddeley's analysis of the reasons behind the hatred and intolerance of goths and and anti-goth violence, including the Sophie Lancaster killing. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with more than a passing interest in the Gothic subculture.
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Now, I've had my problems in the past with Gavin Baddeley's books, and he's had problems with me having problems with them. But "Goth: Vamps and Dandies" is a real pleasure. It's intended to address a criticism levelled at Mr Baddeley's previous account of Goth, "Goth Chic", which, as he admits, didn't contain a great deal to do with the modern Goth look and lifestyle at all despite its title. The current work falls into two halves, the first outlining what Mr B. terms rather nicely at several points 'Goth's DNA', the amalgam of influences from literature, art, music, movies and TV that emerged as Goth at some vague and indefinable point between 1979 and 1981. The second half looks at the various mini-movements and figures who've nudged the development of the Goth subculture in one direction or another. It succeeds pretty well: I was delighted to see the Marquesa Casati get a mention, and there are bits and pieces I wasn't aware of too. The style is fluent and relaxed, and even affectionate, not just towards modern Goths but also in the book's account of their forebears such as Theda Bara and Bela Lugosi. The illustrations are very full and very good, if occasionally confusingly placed (why does Voltaire crop up on p.76?) and *slightly* over-representative of one Goth club and one Goth clothing retailer. While I thought 'dark cabaret' could have done with a mention - perhaps that's just the circles I move in - virtually everything else gets one, at least within the British Goth world: contentious subcurrents including Steampunk and Cybergoth are deftly treated and describing the profound effect of the murder of Sophie Lancaster leads to some insightful thoughts about the political significance of simply being insistently individual.Read more ›
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I very much enjoyed 'Goth Chic' and was intrigued to know what more Mr Baddeley had to say on the subject. From the viewpoint of an older Goth I feel this book has brought me up to date with all things Goth from 1990 onwards as well as giving me a bit of a nostalgia tour round the bits I remember from the '80's. Never went to the Batcave but was interested to read about that little bit of Goth history. Everything described before that was very familiar although putting Goth's influences firmly in the twentieth century when I feel there are echoes from before when the romantic poets were putting on paper their reactions to the beginnings of the industrial revolution. For me my gothic sensibility was woken when studying 'The Eve of St Agnes' and 'Kubla Khan' in school. Having just (finally) managed to get a DVD of Julien Temple's film 'Pandaemonium' I feel that's now been confirmed. The pre-twentieth century influences are dealt with in detail in Richard Davenport-Hines' 'Gothic - Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin'. However, all this concurs with Mr Baddeley's point about Goth being unusual among counter cultures in that it draws its influences from more than just the music scene. I found his book accessable and informative, attractively illustrated with an abundance of photos even if, as the other reviewer mentioned, there seems to be special emphasis on a certain online ordering firm (my daughter loves them - yes, this gothic sensibility is very much in the blood).
I was also touched by Mr Baddeley's inclusion of the tragic events surrounding the death of Sophie Lancaster, treated with sympathy and respect. She will not be forgotten.
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