Youth subculture in twentieth-century Britain was a unique phenomenon. Throughout the decades, young people sought to define themselves sartorially, reflecting their identity in terms of regionalism, class and crucially, musical taste, through their clothes. This book is a comprehensive survey of forty-five "tribes" that roamed the streets of Britain from the '60s to the '90s. From Mod to Skinhead and Rocker to Rudeboy, the look of each movement is captured in meticulously researched, previously unpublished archive photography.
Explanatory texts by Sam Knee as well as an illustrated "look-book" appendix make this an important resource for fashion students, musos and cultural historians.
British music and fashion, when they come together and when they come together well, are almost always the creation of the lower classes. So argues Sam Knee in his introduction to The Bag I’m In, a glorious photographic compendium of styles and street cultures from the last half-century.@TheGuardianThe Bag I’m In offers a rare glimpse into the lives of skinheads, goths, punks, rude boys, indie kids and almost 30 other youth movements.
It is a joyful celebration of the social scenes that emerge when youth has room to flourish and seamlessly brings together photos of iconic scene figureheads like Bobby Gillespie and Edwyn Collins with the young people who supported them in the thralls of their adopted tribes.@CrackMagazine.