Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Book Review: "Street Boners" by Gavin McInnes

Street Boners: 1,764 Hipster Fashion Jokes
Author: Gavin McInnes
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 9780446546355
Genre: Humor, Fashion, Pop Culture

About the Book: (from the publisher)

"Fifteen years after founding Vice, Gavin McInnes has poured his creative juices into a new endeavor: Growing in size and influence at an alarming rate, the site's main feature is the new and improved version of Gavin's "DOs and DON'Ts," now tantalizingly called Street Boners.

These Boners have been polished and compounded into a book that takes the best of the site and adds hundreds more gems! With 1,312 photos, hilarious captions, and a harsh new rating system-from one to 10 kitten faces-STREET BONERS makes sure no glorious fashion statement goes unnoticed. Innocent citizens are either damned to hell or relentlessly exalted into heaven. Chloe Sevigny, Debbie Harry, Fred Armisen, and Tim & Eric also contribute their scathing wit to the book, and the end result is a New York fashion bible no bathroom should be without.

My Thoughts:

Have you ever driven by a horrific accident and stared at it, knowing you should look away, but you can't? That's what comes to mind when I think of this book. "Street Boners" is a picture book full of terrible fashion "mistakes" and the most rude and crude comments about the photos that one can imagine. Some photos contain nudity and the book is stuffed full of obscene language. This is meant to be funny, but it really missed its mark in the humor department.

If you are entertained by fashion mistakes that the stars make, you'll enjoy the photos. There are some pretty interesting outfits that make you wonder if they were for a costume party, or if they were really worn as every day clothing. Like a bad accident, once I pick this book up, I find myself leafing through it and looking at more and more of the photos. It's awful, and somewhat humorous, and sometimes downright shocking. Sadly the language really ruins what could have been a very entertaining book.

Parental note - This book is NOT for children. It contains very offensive material - both in language and photographs. Book contains nudity.

About the Author

Gavin McInnes co-founded Vice magazine in 1994, and later authored two successful books with the Vice brand--Vice Dos and Don'ts and The Vice Guide to Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. After splitting from Vice in 2007 due to creative differences, McInnes co-founded the company Street Carnage. McInnes has also published eight issues of a comic titled Pervert and played in a number of punk bands.

This book was supplied by the publisher for me to honestly review.

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