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For everybody who's interested in the origins of graffiti art the book Wall Writers by Roger Gastman is a must-have. He explores the beginnings of graffiti in the mainstream society in a time of social riots in the late 60s and early 70s in New York City and Philadelphia. This book does not only approach the early beginnings of graffiti on walls but also its place in this times culture.
More detailed than any other book, this one explores not only writings and new technologies of spray paint, but also the writers themselves and their ambitions to riot and to tag, whether it's against the government or only to convey a message. In most cases the essence of their work is to be noticed by society. More than a hundred pictures of the beginnings of this movement show how graffiti is transformed into cities, among public transports and art in public spaces and finally how it influenced the visual arts in the world.
This volume contains exclusive portraits and interviews with some graffiti legends like TAKI 183, Cornbread, Kool Klepto Kidd, Greg 69, Phil T Greek and many more. Unseen footage from the 60s and 70s together with testimonies by journalists, historians and politicians complete this masterpiece. Roger Gastman also produced and directed the same-named movie, which is still in production and which will be accompanied by a huge museum exhibition.
Hardcover, 360 pages, size: 30,7 x 25,9 x 3,5 cm, language: English
Item no: BU78000