Synopses & Reviews
Hip: The History
is the story of how American pop culture has evolved throughout the twentieth century to its current position as world cultural touchstone. How did hip become such an obsession? From sex and music to fashion and commerce, John Leland tracks the arc of ideas as they move from subterranean Bohemia to Madison Avenue and back again. Hip: The History
examines how hip has helped shape and continues to influence America's view of itself, and provides an incisive account of hip's quest for authenticity.
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
“John Leland covers it all in his essential book, Hip: The History.” Newsweek
“Hip: The History is the seminal work on the topic and a must read for all you hipsters!” Fab 5 Freddy
“What is hip? If you have to ask, ask John Leland.” Joe Levy, Rolling Stone
“Hip: The History is the definitive work on the subject.” Paper Magazine
“An insightful chronicle of cool.” Esquire
“The New York Times John Leland offers an incisive, entertaining look at this peculiarly American cultural notion...” Elle
“John Leland combines diligent research with insight and wit.” Paul Krassner, author of Murder at the Conspiracy Convention and Other Absurdities and editor of Magic Mushrooms and Other Highs: From Toad Slime to Ecstasy
About the Author
John Leland is a reporter for the New York Times and former editor in chief of Details, and he was an original columnist at SPIN magazine. Robert Christgau of the Village Voice called him "the best American postmod critic (the best new American rock critic period)," and Chuck D of Public Enemy said the nasty parts of the song "Bring the Noise" were written about him. He lives in Manhattan's East Village with his wife, Risa, and son, Jordan.