The Obsessed: Otaku, Tribes, and Subcultures of Japan

Tokyo-based photographer Irwin Wong’s The Obsessed: Otaku, Tribes, and Subcultures of Japan seeks to explore Japanese subcultures across various regions. With profiles on 40 individuals (including DJ Sumirock, the world’s oldest professional club DJ, and Kobayashi Hideaki, the “Sailor Uniform Grandpa”) as well as groups of people with a shared passion (like the Tanganmen who wear one-eyed masks), the book features interviews, essays and plenty …

“The Birth of Hip Hop” Online Auction

On 11 August 1973 an 18-year-old DJ Kool Herc (aka Clive Campbell) performed at his sister Cindy Campbell’s back-to-school party in the rec room of their apartment building located at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx. That event—where Herc isolated portions of funk tracks, switching between one record and the other (emphasizing the breaks)—is widely accepted as the birth of hip-hop. While Herc is …

Acid House As It Happened

When London’s rave scene began in the late ’80s, it ignited a culture around uninhibited style, the Roland TB-303 synthesizer and blissful hedonism. More than wild revelry, the scene—dubbed acid house—became a meeting place for people across genders, sexualities, class and race. That unity is revealed in former The Times editor and photographer Dave Swindells’ book Acid House As It Happened. Swindells, who followed the …