Archive for April, 2008|Monthly archive page

…the race of a hipster?

In interview, magazines, music on April 30, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Creative Loafing in Atlanta published their music guide for 2008, centering on the punk rock and hip-hop scenes of Atlanta, along with any crossovers. This article specifically focused on the idea of “black hipsters,” an idea in which one promoter should be reversed.

“If anything, we should make a subtitle for ‘white hipsters’ because black people are the original ‘cool kids,'”–From Ian Ford, an Atlanta promoter.

And of course, he’s right. I guess in the 80s, black artists lost the “hip” label as “hip” turned into “gangsta.” But, like this book and this past review says, it all started with white copying black. Is it the other way around now, at least with “indie rock?” Seems to be up for debate.

…Memoirist Augusten Burroughs

In books, magazines on April 29, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Memoirs are a hawt topic these days, with all kinds of scandal going on and such. Thoroughly enjoyed this piece from NY MAG on Running with Scissors (and now, cash) author Augusten Burroughs. The author set out to disprove them, and it was humorous about what Burroughs didn’t remember, but was scary what he did.

Having a good memory is apparently a talent that society fails to properly recognize, or at least are skeptical of. How Burroughs describes the author of the mag piece at the end is eerie.