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Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace

The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s

It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred to themselves as punks, others, new romantics, new wavers, the bats, or the morbids. “Goth” did not gain lexical currency until the late 1980s. But no matter what term was used, “postpunk” encompasses all the incarnations of the 1980s alternative movement. Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace is a visual and oral history of the first decade of the scene. Featuring interviews with both the performers and the audience to capture the community on and off stage, the book places personal snapshots alongside professional photography to reveal a unique range of fashions, bands, and scenes.

A book about the music, the individual, and the creativity of a worldwide community rather than theoretical definitions of a subculture, Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace considers a subject not often covered by academic books. Whether you were part of the scene or are just fascinated by different modes of expression, this book will transport you to another time and place.

216 pages | 111 color plates, 161 halftones | 9 x 9 | © 2014

Art: Photography

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“Terrific photographs, a wide range of interviews, and an international perspective on the goth phenomenon make this an original contribution to the field of subcultural studies.”

Valerie Steele, author of Gothic: Dark Glamour

“This ingenious sifting of Gothic culture and the noir side of Post-Punk, involving the bands, clothing, hair, artwork and audience comes closer to a distillation of being cool than any book I have seen. A shared identity across time and geographical distance, with no visual link essential, is hard to describe but easier to visualise when handled in such a deft manner. We can see it here. Wonderful images, some now bordering on nostalgia, merge into a seductive whole, with the text providing an imaginative delving into time and places, with frequent nods to unrecognised talents, or fascinating context, such as Spain’s La Movida. Surprises burst out of every section, haunting and inspiring. This is your life, your inner history and, to others, essential mystery.”

Mick Mercer, goth and postpunk journalist

Table of Contents



Kings of the Wild Frontier

Places: Scandinavia

A New Dark age

Places: Behind the Iron Curtain

Everyday is Halloween

This Corrosion


A New Form of Beauty

Spirit (We love our audience!)

Painted Bird

Places: Japan

Like Cockatoos

Places: Grufti Nation

Promised Land

Place: Netherlands

Face to Face

Meat of Youth

Photo Collections

I. Style: Creatures of the Night

II. La Movida: New Cultural Identity

III. Boredom of Life: Spheres and Sentiments

IV. To the Batcave!

V. Shot!: Becoming History


The Last Song


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