Some new books for the coffee table.
Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art | Marc and Sara Schiller
Marc and Sara Schiller (founders/editors of Wooster Collective) teamed up with Paper magazine senior editor Carlo McCormick and over 150 featured artists (including Shepard Fairey, Blu, and Bansky — who wrote the preface) to fashion a book that “certainly includes street art and graffiti, but goes beyond that to also address performance, protest, sculpture… and the whole goal of the book was to really look at the context of street art in a much larger historical perspective.”
Here they are talking about the book:
Decoded | Jay-Z
Featuring one of Andy Warhol’s Rorschach paintings on the cover, Hov’s first book takes an intimate look at 36 songs from his deep-ass catalog by providing insight from the man himself into some of his more provocative and memorable lyrics. He says:
When I first started working on this book, I told my editor that I wanted it to do three important things. The first was to make the case that hip-hop lyrics—not just my lyrics, but those of every great MC—are poetry if you look at them closely enough. The second was I wanted the book to tell a little bit of the story of my generation, to show the context for the choices we made at a violent and chaotic crossroads in recent history. And the third piece was that I wanted the book to show how hip-hop created a way to take a very specific and powerful experience and turn it into a story that everyone in the world could feel and relate to.
Here he is speaking on his recently released “Most Kings”