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Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace
A Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s
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ISBN 9781783203529
Paperback 200 pages
220 x 220
Published July 2014
Imprint: Intellect
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It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred to themselves as punks, others new romantics, new wavers, the bats, or the morbids. 'Goth' did not gain lexical currency until the late 1980s. But no matter what term was used, 'postpunk' encompasses all the incarnations of the 1980s alternative movement. Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace is a visual and oral history of the first decade of the scene. Featuring interviews with both the performers and the audience to capture the community on  and off stage, the book places personal snapshots alongside professional photography to reveal a unique range of fashions, bands, and scenes.
A book about the music, the individual, and the creativity of a worldwide community rather than theoretical definitions of a subculture, Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace considers a subject not often covered by academic books. Whether you were part of the scene or are just fascinated by different modes of expression, this book will transport you to another time and place.
'Terrific photographs, a wide range of interviews, and an international perspective on the goth phenomenon make this an original contribution to the field of subcultural studies' – Valerie Steele, author of Gothic: Dark Glamour

'Wonderful images, some now bordering on nostalgia, merge into a seductive whole, with the text providing an imaginative delving into time and places ... haunting and inspiring … comes closer to a distillation of being cool than any book I have seen' – Mick Mercer, goth and postpunk journalist

'This book is going to look very cool strategically placed on your coffee table. But I will warn you, if your visitors decide to pick it up for a flick through, they'll be far too engrossed for conversation.' – EGL Magazine, Keller

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