by Jamel Shabazz
Introduction by Fab 5 Freddy
Essay by Carlton Usher, Ph.D.
Interview by Jeff Chang
Photography / Portraits
7.25 x 9.75 inches
80 four-color and black-and-white photographs
“Back In the Days is just beautiful.”
“A cult favorite.”
“Undeniably cool… Shabazz captures the energy, pride, and attitude that gave birth to hip-hop…”
“…a new attitude aesthetic, a confident cool.”
—Dazed & Confused
With more than 35,000 copies sold, this is the urban street style book that spawned all the imitators. There is still only one Back in the Days, and now, 10 years after its initial release, additional images and new text will add value to the unique time capsule it already is.
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.
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