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Back in the Days

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Back in the Days documents the emerging Hip Hop scene from  1980-1989-before it became what is today's multi-million-dollar  multinational industry. Back in the days, gangs would battle not with  guns, but by breakdancing. Back in the days, the streets-not corporate  planning-set the standards for style. Back in the days, Jamel Shabazz  was on the scene, photographing everyday people hangin' in Harlem,  kickin' it in Queens, and cold chillin' in Brooklyn.

Street  styling with an attitude not seen in fashion for another twenty years to  come, Shabazz's subjects strike poses that put supermodels to  shame-showing off Kangol caps and Gazelle glasses, shell-top Adidas and  suede Pumas with fat laces, shearling coats and leather jackets, gold  rope chains, door-knocker earrings, name belts, boom boxes, and other  designer finery. For anyone who wants to know what "keepin' it real"  means, Back in the Days is the book of your dreams.


  • Hardcover :  128 pages 
  • Publisher :  powerHouse Books (December 15, 2001)