Teenage Hipster in the Modern World: From the Birth of Punk to the Land of Bush: Thirty Years of Apocalyptic Journalism

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In the pages of The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Esquire, New York, Maxim, and GQ, Mark Jacobson has carried on in the tradition of such titans as Joe Mitchell, A. J. Liebling, Jimmy Breslin, and Pete Hamill as one of New York City's finest journalistic provocateurs. Now he collects the best of his years in Teenage Hipster in the Modern World.
Jacobson has been witness to a decidedly different sort of history. His "beats" range far and wide, delving into the realms of politics, sports, and celebrity in pieces on such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Julius Erving, Chuck Berry, Pam Grier (in her Scream, Blacula, Scream days), Martin Scorsese, and many others. But for Jacobson, New York City has always been Topic Number One. Jacobson tells the story of the city in his classic essays on the beginnings of punk rock back in the times of "pregentrification" to the heart-wrenching days of 9/11.
With a foreword from best-selling author Richard Price, Teenage Hipster in the Modern World is a hilarious and poignant snapshot of a city, a generation, and a man who wonders how he went from hanging out at CBGB to being an AARP card-holding father of three.

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For the past 30 years, Jacobson has personified New Journalism, or, as one wag has described it, the Self-Interview. These 33 collected articles--published largely in New York, Village Voice, esquire, and Rolling Stone--put Jacobson in the middle of the action, whether it's taking a groin shot from blaxploitation goddess Pam Grier, gifting the Dalai Lama with a Brooklyn Dodgers baseball cap ("These Dodgers," exclaims the holy man, "they are exiles from their native country . . . like Tibetans!"), or hanging backstage with rock-'n'-roll legend Chuck Berry. That said, Jacobson's persona is transparent enough to allow full expression to his subjects, who also include gangsters, hipsters, reverends, cabbies (his 1975 New York magazine piece was apparently the basis for TV's Taxi), street folk, Republicans, and reggae singers. And Jacobson's smart, rich reportage is equally unobtrusive. In the process, he delivers nothing less than a riveting snapshot of life in the "modern world," particularly New York, these past three decades. Alan Moores
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