Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Reading List… Back In The Days Remix


“These young gangbangers, slightly older than me, were dressed in the latest urban fashions– from beaver hats, playboys, Stacy Adams shoes, expensive leather and London Fog coats, Italian knit sweaters, to sharkskin and tailor-made pants…


They were profiling in parks, clubs, and street corners. ¬†This was the first time I had ever seen images of this nature, reflecting my generation… I immediately went home and claimed my mother’s Kodak Instamatic 110 camera and went to work documenting my peers.”

-Jamel Shabazz, Back in the Days Remix 



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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    January 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Sounds great!

  2. FashionUm

    January 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Now that’s what I am talking about!

    Show Your Outfit !

  3. Stylosophism

    January 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Great book, I’m gonna looking for it


  4. April

    January 24, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Wish I had been there to see it; I’m from Los Angeles, so some of these looks are familiar to me.


  5. Montes Y Mills

    January 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Thats freaking awesome!!! I have never seen this book. The past always seems so much better than the present or the future…

    Thanks for sharing

  6. Serena

    January 24, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Like iT!!
    Watch my blog:A Byte of fashion

  7. Wild Dakota

    January 24, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    thank god there still are some persons who help us coming back to an old golden period .. i still miss those days.
    and thanks to you too


  8. Laure

    January 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    THE book!!!!!

  9. Amina

    January 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I believe the word is…yes, EXQUISITE.

  10. thefashionalists

    January 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    WOw!!! I really love the first picture of this Album.

  11. Habiba. J

    January 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    WOW, that’s so moving how something reflects someone’s love so much. If you get a chance do check out my blog, I have interesting fashion posts you might love to read.


  12. Marcel Da Chump

    January 24, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I remember the cover of the first edition: the two B-Boys in Times Square (spare me the pc, that’s the term); and having had a 70′s Bronx childhood, the book resonates with me– vivid memories of a budding awareness/interest in fashion and art. Of course, music was always in the streets and parks.

  13. anonymous

    January 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    These pictures are so cool. Black culture in the ’70′s, (I’m guessing) was so ahead of its time. I love how sharp these dudes were.

  14. jessejames

    January 24, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    tight shots man and nice of you to post this throwback. those were the days of FreshFests, WorldClassWreckingCrews, WBLS 107.5 in NY; KDAY am in LA, funhouse, NYC, BurningSpear, LA, fat shoe laces and whole lotta AquaNet hairspray and RightOn jheri curl activator gel!! (yikes! too much back in the day there!).

  15. Mark Williams

    January 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Reminds me of some of my uncles, aunts, cousins and older friends back in the day. So much style, so carefree. Sunroof Cadillacs on Vogues with the chrome grill and Flagg Bros. shoes. These be The Streets–Fist-picks and Afro-Sheen.

  16. localceleb

    January 24, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I’m lovin’ these pics, great job!

  17. Aja Lake [the gold hat.]

    January 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    such a great book!

  18. Steph

    January 25, 2012 at 4:10 am

    That was so interesting!
    Its really great seeing how people used to dress.
    Super inspirational! I always love your reading list posts ;)



  19. Carole (NY etc.)

    January 25, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I love the photographer Jamel Shabazz, thanks for reminding me of him, I bought a book at powerhose arena.

  20. antique engagement rings

    January 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Very cool!

  21. melissa

    January 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Hey, remember those shorts???? Disco Days…….


    What will they say about the Sartorialist in 30 years???

  22. nicole cal rodriguez

    January 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    i have the first one – superb in capturing american fashion during the emergence of hip hop as a culture and style. the ensembles and attitudes chronicled here have such an immense influence on where american fashion is at today – very happy to see a “remix” and that it’s featured in the sartorialist.

  23. *sP

    January 25, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Haven’t yet checked out the images in this piece but used “Back in the Days” and “A Time Before Crack” in my college thesis work on sneakers as social currency. Of course conflicted about any possibility of glamorizing gangsters but with that disclaimer aside; those were folks with access to large sums of money and therefore more opportunity to have and wear glamorous clothing and party the lush life. (kind of like modern bankers in a lot of ways)
    As for your work Mr. Shabazz, I really do hope that you are doing a book tour and or that you will be doing a university lecture in California. I would love to hear you speak to this. Dunno of (m)any photogs who were chronicling this iteration of Black popular culture and fashion in such a “man on the street” approach.

    I very much appreciate the work you’ve made!

  24. *sP

    January 25, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    thank you, Sart for posting this on your blog!


  25. Olesya

    January 25, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Wonderful shoes of baby!
    And the pussy cat..Very cute! )

  26. Joe Harby

    January 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Awesome! I really like these photographs!

  27. Dlight

    January 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Wonderful book!! I have it at home It’s such an inspirational piece.

    Dlight from PAris

    La Rue A Du Style


  28. april

    January 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    i have those puma suedes, ace

  29. stephanie

    May 1, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I love how this has become a documentation of our generation’s evolution, thank you :)

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