Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace

Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace : A Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 229 x 229 x 22.86mm | 839.15g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 111 colour plates, 161 halftones
  • 1783203528
  • 9781783203529
  • 106,656

Table of contents



Kings of the Wild Frontier

Places: Scandinavia

A New Dark Age

Places: Behind the Iron Curtain

Everyday is Halloween

This Corrosion



Spirit (We love our audience!)

Painted Bird

Places: Japan

Like Cockatoos

Places: Grufti Nation

Promised Land

Places: The Netherlands

Face to Face


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



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Review Text

It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred to themselves as punks, others,...
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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 'Wonderful images, some now bordering on nostalgia, merge into a seductive whole, with the text providing an imaginative delving into time and places ... haunting and inspiring ... comes closer to a distillation of being cool than any book I have seen' -- Mick Mercer, goth and postpunk journalist 'This book is going to look very cool strategically placed on your coffee table. But I will warn you, if your visitors decide to pick it up for a flick through, they'll be far too engrossed for conversation.' -- EGL Magazine, Keller
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About Andrea Harriman

Andi Harriman is a fashion theory and goth enthusiast. Marloes Bontje is a student of language, culture studies, and history.
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