The title, All City Writers, describes a vast research on the Writing movement, focusing particularly on the process of its exportation from New York to all of Europe during the 80s. The first part of the research analyzes how graffiti in media such as movies, videos, magazines, and books from New York influenced Europe. When images of the New York subway arrived in London, Paris, Munich and Amsterdam, a huge milestone was set: a first generation of European graffiti writers started to follow the letters, the method, the techniques, and the general lifestyle of New York in the 70s.
The whole project developed from the consideration that many of the stories that writers experience are just lost in time. Other than the pictures of their pieces, the adventures, and sensations a writer lives through often just disappear like so many other bits of oral culture. For that reason, All City Writers contains the largest contribution of texts ever published in this field. With 1.230 pictures, 620 articles and more than 250 writers involved who contributed their own stories to the project All City Writers is a heavy-weight of graffiti literature – and that not just in terms of the actual size and weight of the book.
The book, a massive volume of more than 400 pages, has been conceived as an imaginary newspaper. The chronicles it contains have not been penned by real journalists or narrators, but by people who define themselves as ‘writers’. In this volume, a chorus of uncensored voices in the first person reveal their knowledge of European cities, their infrastructures, interstices and neighborhoods. This is the generation who in the last two decades of the 20th Century imported the countercultural phenomenon from New York commonly known as “Graffiti”.
At the outset , the obsessive repetition of a tag and the search for urban fame became a widespread and spontaneous act , an infinite ego trip that was rarely dissociated from the reproduction of the chosen letters. In these pages, European writers abandon the compulsive act of tagging for a moment , to narrate the city and cast a personal eye – not always detached – on the trains, the streets and the urban surroundings that common citizens generally cannot or will not acknowledge.
The chapters that compose this book focus on specific themes, comparable to the sect ions of a daily newspaper, presented here as special reports on the New York subway, the European network or the first urban strongholds.The combination of these elements, including, among others, a detailed, in-depth description of the phenomenon’s explosion in Italy during the 90’s, provides a unique history of the variety of pathways they explored and documents the desires of an entire generation intent on describing and interpret ing their cultural movement . Trough historic and detailed documentation deriving from a singular urban episode, the New York City Subway, Al l City Writers wants to investigate the evolution and the consequences of a countercultural phenomenon, which in the last decades has provoked a change in the rules of aesthetics and communication in modern day society.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In concurrence to his studies in Graphic Design and Architecture, collaborations with Stefano Boeri Milano (2002-2005) and Moneo - Brock Madrid (2006-2008), since 1993 Andrea Caputo has under taken a personal study of street culture and the consequent social and aesthetic influences, actively participating in the International Writing movement with the publication of editorial and expository projects.
ABOUT THE BOOK
410 full color pages, 33cm x 48cm - portrait size, coated and uncoated papers, hard cover, more than 250 writers involved, 1230 pictures, 620 articles, 50 info-graphics ,fully English language version and Italian sect ion in mother language limited version.
All City Writers is distributed world wide by Critiques Livres Distribution SAS, France. Cover price : 49 Euro.
All City Writers will be available in the best bookshops starting from November 2009.
The book will be also available at the publisher website (www.kitchen93.fr) and in every European Carhartt store/retailer.
English version (international diffusion): ISBN 9782859800130
Italian version: ISBN 9782859800147