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The Last Bookstore
453 S Spring St (But the Main Entrance Is Around the Corner on 5th), Los Angeles, California 90013
The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Greg Snyder and his new book looking at Los Angeles-based professional street skateboarders. Join us to hear more about skateboarding in LA as Greg is joined by professional skaters profiled in the book.
SKATEBOARDING LA explores the world of professional street skateboarding: a highly refined, athletic and aesthetic pursuit, from which a large number of people profit. Based on over eight years of research in Los Angeles, this ethnographic study offers a first-hand understanding of this complex and often misunderstood subculture. Sociologist Gregory Snyder provides a history of skateboarding, an understanding of basic and complex tricks, a tour of some of LA’s most famous spots and an enthusiastic appreciation of this high-flying sport.
Particularly concerned with public spaces, Snyder shows that skateboarding can offer cities much more than petty vandalism and exaggerated claims of destruction. Rather, skateboarding draws highly talented young people from around the globe to skateboarding cities, building a diverse and wide-reaching community of skateboarders, filmmakers, photographers, writers, and entrepreneurs. Further, Snyder argues skateboarders can help to keep public courtyards and parks free from unwanted urban traffic, like homeless encampments or drug dealers. In one stunning case featured in the book, Snyder shows how skateboarders transformed the West LA Courthouse into a public skate park, even sponsored by Nike.
Through interviews with numerous current and former professional skateboarders, Snyder vividly shows their passion, dedication, and creativity. Especially in relation to the city's architectural features—ledges, banks, gaps, stairs and handrails—they are constantly re-imagining and repurposing these urban spaces in order to perform their ever-increasingly difficult tricks.
For anyone interested in this dynamic and daunting activity SKATEBOARDING LA is an amazing ride.
Gregory J. Snyder is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Baruch College, City University of New York. He is the author of Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag in New York’s Urban Underground.
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