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Skateboarding and the city : a complete history / Iain Borden.

By: Borden, Iain.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: xii, 369 pages : colour illustrations ; 27 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781472583451; 1472583450.Subject(s): Skateboarding -- History | Skateboarding | Skateboarding parksDDC classification: 796.22 Summary: "Skateboarding is both a sport and a way of life. Creative, physical, graphic, and controversial, it is full of contradictions - a vibrant feature of the urban world that has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry and yet remains as counter-cultural as ever. Skateboarding and the City presents the only complete history of skateboarding, exploring the story of skate subculture from the surf-beaches of '60s California to the latest developments in street-skating today. Written by a life-long skater who also happens to be an architectural historian, this passionate, readable and rigorously-researched book reveals a vivid understanding of how skateboarders, through their actions, think about and experience the city in a unique way. Packed with full-colour pictures and interviews with the legends of the sport, it explores the history of the sport and its complex relationship with the city, examining skate graphics, film, photography, and the architecture of skate parks along the way. Ultimately, it shows how skateboarding culture sheds light on many of the most fascinating issues of urban life today" -- Provided by publisher.
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Skateboarding is both a sport and a way of life. Creative, physical, graphic, urban and controversial, it is full of contradictions - a billion-dollar global industry which still retains its vibrant, counter-cultural heart. Skateboarding and the City presents the only complete history of the sport, exploring the story of skate culture from the surf-beaches of '60s California to the latest developments in street-skating today. Written by a life-long skater who also happens to be an architectural historian, and packed through with full-colour images - of skaters, boards, moves, graphics, and film-stills - this passionate, readable and rigorously-researched book explores the history of skateboarding and reveals a vivid understanding of how skateboarders, through their actions, experience the city and its architecture in a unique way.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"Skateboarding is both a sport and a way of life. Creative, physical, graphic, and controversial, it is full of contradictions - a vibrant feature of the urban world that has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry and yet remains as counter-cultural as ever. Skateboarding and the City presents the only complete history of skateboarding, exploring the story of skate subculture from the surf-beaches of '60s California to the latest developments in street-skating today. Written by a life-long skater who also happens to be an architectural historian, this passionate, readable and rigorously-researched book reveals a vivid understanding of how skateboarders, through their actions, think about and experience the city in a unique way. Packed with full-colour pictures and interviews with the legends of the sport, it explores the history of the sport and its complex relationship with the city, examining skate graphics, film, photography, and the architecture of skate parks along the way. Ultimately, it shows how skateboarding culture sheds light on many of the most fascinating issues of urban life today" -- Provided by publisher.

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CHOICE Review

Borden (Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London) is the author of Skateboard, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body (2001). His new volume is a complete history of urban skateboarding, covering virtually everything about the sport. The book is superbly researched, colorfully and beautifully illustrated, and thoroughly analyzes the topic. It has the physical appearance of an elegant coffee-table book combined with outstanding scholarship, effectively employing theory and empirical data, particularly the oral and written testimony of participants. Borden examines the history and sociology of the sport, and analyzes how urban architecture unexpectedly influenced the expansion of skateboarding through the inventiveness and imagination of its participants. The author is a strong advocate of the skateboarding subculture in which he has participated for over 40 years. The culture evolved organically over time since its origins in the 1950s as a rebellion against accepted norms and standards to become commercialized and professionalized by the 1990s. Borden also sheds light on the ways participants are critics of capitalism, despite creating their own multibillion dollar industry. The book includes a substantial scholarly apparatus as well as illustrations throughout. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Steven A. Riess, emeritus, Northeastern Illinois University