St. Marks Is Dead

St. Marks Is Dead

The Many Lives of America's Hippest Street

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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St. Marks Place in New York City has spawned countless artistic and political movements, providing a backdrop for social and cultural revolutionaries from Leon Trotsky to Andy Warhol, the Ramones to the Beastie Boys, W. H. Auden to Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg to the skaters of the movie Kids. Every group has maintained that their era, and no other, marked the street's apex, and that after they left--whether "they" were the Beats, the hippies, the punks, or the hardcore kids--the street was dead. In this idiosyncratic work of narrative history, enriched by more than two hundred interviews and dozens of rare images, St. Marks native Ada Calhoun uncovers the largely unknown 400-year history of this epicenter of American cool. She traces the street from its origins as a Dutch farm to its current incarnation as a hipster playground--organized around those pivotal moments when yet another group of miscreant denizens declared, "St. Marks is dead."--Adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2016]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393240382
039324038X
Branch Call Number: 974.7 CALHOUN
Characteristics: xvii, 414 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm

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Earlgrey454
Nov 10, 2017

A well-written history of St. Marks Place in NYC from a writer who actually grew up on the street. While she begins the story way back in Dutch New York, most of the book focuses on post-1950. Lots of fascinating details and interviews with people of all backgrounds who have had connections with the street. And yes, there is plenty of material to fill an entire book with the story of one single street!

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