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Traces the history of graffiti in New York City against the backdrop of the struggle that developed between the city and the writers.

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In the 1960s and early 1970s, young people in New York City radically altered the tradition of writing their initials on neighborhood walls. Influenced by the widespread use of famous names on billboards, in neon, in magazines, newspapers, and typographies from advertising and comics, city youth created a new form of expression built around elaborately designed names and initials displayed on public walls, vehicles, and subways. Critics called it graffiti, but to the practitioners it was writing.

Taking the Train traces the history of writing in New York City against the backdrop of the struggle that developed between the city and the writers. Austin tracks the ways in which writing — a small, seemingly insignificant act of youthful rebellion — assumed crisis-level importance inside the bureaucracy and the public relations of New York City mayoral administrations and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for almost two decades. Taking the Train reveals why a global city short on funds made wiping out graffiti an expensive priority while other needs went unfunded. Although the city eventually took back the trains, Austin eloquently shows how and why the culture of writing survived to become an international art movement and a vital part of hip-hop culture.

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ellietrig, August 25, 2007 (view all comments by ellietrig)
i am very interested in purchasing your book it would help me so much within my graphics work as I'm studying graphic design at college and also doing a critical study on graffiti art.
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ISBN:
9780231111430
Author:
Austin, Joe
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Urban renewal
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Graffiti
Subject:
Subways
Subject:
Hip-hop
Subject:
Street art.
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
New York (N.Y.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Graffiti -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Popular Cultures, Everyday Lives
Series Volume:
v. no. 6
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.06x5.96x.84 in. 1.15 lbs.

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Reference » Words Phrases and Language

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"Synopsis" by , In the 1960s and early 1970s, young people in New York City radically altered the tradition of writing their initials on neighborhood walls. Influenced by the widespread use of famous names on billboards, in neon, in magazines, newspapers, and typographies from advertising and comics, city youth created a new form of expression built around elaborately designed names and initials displayed on public walls, vehicles, and subways. Critics called it graffiti, but to the practitioners it was writing.

Taking the Train traces the history of writing in New York City against the backdrop of the struggle that developed between the city and the writers. Austin tracks the ways in which writing — a small, seemingly insignificant act of youthful rebellion — assumed crisis-level importance inside the bureaucracy and the public relations of New York City mayoral administrations and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for almost two decades. Taking the Train reveals why a global city short on funds made wiping out graffiti an expensive priority while other needs went unfunded. Although the city eventually took back the trains, Austin eloquently shows how and why the culture of writing survived to become an international art movement and a vital part of hip-hop culture.

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