The Hip: Hipsters, Jazz and the Beat Generation. Roy Carr, Brian Case, Fred Dellar.

The Hip: Hipsters, Jazz and the Beat Generation

ISBN: 0571138098
London, England: Faber and Faber Limited, 1986. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Hip is hard to nail. It no more responds to definition than it does to the common light of day, which is little. It can't be taught. Hip suspects words and manifestos, and has not developed a recruitment pitch since it doesn't recruit. The hipster always assumes that the membership is filled, even when- particularly when- he is the only cat on the case. Hip is an understated state of grace that does not necessarily wish the world well. Hip is self-sufficiency, Jack." (from authors' Introduction) A sweeping survey of hipness, that elusive phenomenon, as it alights on Jazz musicians, actors, & authors- especially those such as Jack Kerouac who personified the Beat Generation. Full of vintage photographs, graphics, album covers, contemporary ads that attempted to place hipster culture in the mainstream, etc. Of note are sections that show the hipster influence on contemporary artistes circa 1986 such as Joe Jackson, John Lurie, Sade & Tom Waits. Produced by the venerable Faber and Faber imprint, a British perspective on American & world themes. First large format softcover edition in sewn binding. An interesting, enjoyable item. In fine condition with only slight rubbing & scratching to glossy surfaces of front, back covers & spine; mild wear & tiny bumps at edges & corners of same. Interior very fine with only tiny bumps at corners of some page leaves. Fine. [Item #3176]

Price: $20.00