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The Cool School

Writing from America's Hip Underground

The Cool School( )
Editor: O'Brien, Glenn
Publication Date:Oct 2013
Publisher:Library of America, The
Book Format:Ebook
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Book Description:

Who were the original hipsters? In this dazzling collection, Glenn O'Brien provides a kaleidoscopic guided tour through the margins and subterranean tribes of mid-twentieth century America--the worlds of jazz, of disaffected postwar youth, of those alienated by racial and sexual exclusion, of outlaws and drug users creating their own dissident networks. Whether labeled as Bop or Beat or Punk, these outsider voices ignored or suppressed by the mainstream would merge and recombine in...
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Author Biography
Glenn O'Brien was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 2, 1947. He attended Georgetown University, where he edited a student literary magazine entitled The Georgetown Journal, and studied film at Columbia University. In 1971, Andy Warhol hired him to work on and then edit the magazine Interview. He was the host of the public access television show TV Party from 1978 until 1982. He was an editor, art and music columnist, essayist, and poet. He wrote the Style Guy fashion advice column, which appeared in Details magazine and then in GQ, from 1999 to 2015. He also worked for Artforum, Oui, High Times, Maxim, Purple, Rolling Stone, Allure, and Harper's Bazaar.

He wrote the books How to Be a Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior for the Modern Gentleman, Ruins with a View, and Like Art: Glenn O'Brien on Advertising. He edited Madonna's book Sex, wrote the play Drugs with Cookie Mueller, and was the screenwriter for Downtown 81. He was also a stand-up comedian, a creative director at Barneys New York, and an advertising copywriter including several of Calvin Klein television campaigns. In 2015, he started a new television talk show entitled Tea at the Beatrice. He died of pneumonia on April 7, 2017 at the age of 70.


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