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- DescriptionIn 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.
- Author BiographyJoe Austin, assistant professor in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, is coeditor of Generations of Youth: Youth and Youth Cultures in the 20th Century.
- Author(s)Joe Austin
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication19/12/2001
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitlePopular Cultures, Everyday Lives
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note40 illus (23 in color)
- Weight635 g
- Width157 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine25 mm
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