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Publisher Description

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.

October 13
HarperCollins e-books

Customer Reviews

OGD96 ,

Great book

Hip: the history is fabulous. It's a difficult start and it took me awhile to get through, but I enjoyed reading leland's account of the evolution of pop culture and the notion of "hip." this is a great book for any anthropologically inclined hipster.

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Run, run so far

This book. Oh god this book. It is a rambling, painful bundle of dictionary vomit. I am being forced to read this book for a college class, and being an avid reader I thought “hey! Maybe this’ll be interesting.” Oh my was I wrong. This is perhaps the most dull, headache inducing book I have ever read. It is like the author needed an excuse to exert his education and mental prowess on the world and out of that came this book. It hurts me to read. It makes little sense and is written in such a complicated roundabout way that it is almost intelligible. It is little more than a book of rambles by one who thinks himself very VERY smart. If you have the option to not read this monstrosity, take it. It is already too late for me.
Save yourself

FinFanForr ,

Great book

I use this as the primary text for a college cultural studies course about pop culture, technology, media and the ongoing influence these things have on our lives.

It is absolutely outstanding. Leland covers a lot of territory, makes fascinating observations and introduces readers to interesting historical figures that they should be familiar with ... but may not be.

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