Synopses & Reviews
Considered an important photographer of his generation, Glen E. Friedman has been a unique documentarian since the age of 12, and soon thereafter his first published photo appeared in SkateBoarder magazine. Over the past 25 years he has photographed some of the most idealistic, interesting and rebellious cultural icons around, documenting the rise of the hard-core punk rock scene in the late 70's/early 80's with such bands as Black Flag, Dead Kennedy's, Minor Threat and even producing the 1st album for Suicidal Tendencies (also from DogTown) and later the rise of rap music in the mid 1980's with groups such as Public Enemy, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys. He was one of the first to publicize these groups nationally and many of his photographs are recognized as the subjects' definitive portraits.
Glen E. Friedman has compiled images from his 25-year involvement within the rebelious cultures of skateboarding, punk and hip-hop music into two collections, Fuck You Heroes (1994) and Fuck You Too (1996). Selections from these books became the Fuck You All photography exhibit, which has toured internationally since 1997. In 1998 Friedman released The Idealist which showcases his unique perspective and asthetic.
"...Energetic, gritty and awash with old school cool..." Source
"This book is an important social document..." Vibe
"When Friedman locks onto something it's absolutely scarey[sic]. He's one relentless motherfucker." Ice T
"Friedman's always been crazy." Tony Alva
Nearly two decades of photographic work by photographer Glen E. Friedman. Capturing the energy of the early skateboarding, hardcore punk and rap scenes, this book includes photos of such pioneers as Black Flag, Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, Public Enemy, Ice-T, and the Beastie Boys.
For nearly twenty years, photographer Glen E. Friedman has trained his lens on the pioneers of skateboarding, punk rock and rap music. From his early photographs documenting the "DogTown" skaters, to his work with such artists as Black Flag, Minor Threat, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, Fuck You Heroes takes a look at the evolution of these subcultures and their influence on American popular culture.
About the Author
A native of New York, photographer Glen E. Friedman began his career in the mid-1970's as a contributing photographer for SkateBoarder magazine at the age of fourteen. His work documenting the West Los Angeles skate set, DogTown, was largely responsible in bringing this group of young skateboarders which included Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Paul Constantineau, and Stacy Peralta to widespread prominence, and consequently helped to create the blueprint for the skateboarding subculture.
Music being an integral part of the skate scene, Friedman photographed many of the hardcore punk bands of the period the Germs, Dead Kennedys, D.O.A., Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Friedman's favorite band, Black Flag. As with his work with the skate scene, Friedman's photographs were principal in bringing the hardcore punk subculture to the attention of American youth. He managed Suicidal Tendencies; produced the band's debut self-titled album. In 1982, Friedman published the punk chronicle My Rules, a comprehensive photographic chronicle of the hardcore punk scene.
Introduced to rap music moguls Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin by the Beastie Boys, Friedman was photographing some of the seminal figures in rap music by the mid-1980's Run-DMC, Public Enemy, L. L. Cool J, and Ice-T. He became Simmons' and Rubin's right-hand man and West Coast representative for Rush Productions and Def Jam Recordings. He moved back to New York permanently in 1987 to work closely with both companies.
In 1994, Friedman published Fuck You Heroes, a chronological look at the evolution and most profound moments of the pioneers of the skateboarding, punk and rap subcultures, on his imprint Burning Flags Press. In his preface, Friedman writes, "I haven't stopped taking pictures of skating, hardcore music, or, for that matter, anything else that excites me. And the key phrase here is anything else that excites me."
Friedman has a new book scheduled for release in 1996, Fuck You Too, a sequel to Fuck You Heroes.