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Goth Chic: A Connoisseur's Guide to Dark Culture

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Due to its passionate, extreme aesthetic, Goth culture remains both vibrant and vibrantly loved, and continually inspires new developments in pop culture. Both a starting place for newcomers and a source of incisive insights for veterans, Goth Chic examines this dark culture from multiple angles. Each chapter of this lavishly illustrated guide dissects a distinct aspect of ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 22nd 2006 by Plexus Publishing (first published 2002)
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Anna
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A surprisingly entertaining glimpse to the goth culture, and a good Finnish translation. Although being the nitpick I am, I disagreed with some language choices, but that is just me not being able to switch off my work brain even when I read for pleasure.

Not sure I learned much from reading this, however. That is the main issue I have with it. Almost all the stuff about movies, series, sex and clothes was something I knew already. Actually most of it was stuff I had learned even before I was in
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Scott Holstad
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I think this book is a gem, an invaluable resource of things and categories Goth-related that even older Goth "veterans" like myself will find interesting new facts, histories, and recommendations of some seminal rarities I feel quite lucky to know about now. I mean, there's a short-but excellent section on Goth classical music, especially pre-twentieth century that I knew nothing about. Some reviewers complain there's insufficient information on contemporary Goth music, typically thought to hav ...more
Karo
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read parts of this book many times, but finally I managed to finish it. It's not that I didn't want to read it - some parts just didn't interest me as much as the others.

Gotch Chic is a very informative and diverse introduction to (almost) everything gothic. It covers the historical aspects, literature, classic and modern cinema, music... The only problem is that now Goth Chic is already outdated. The 90's isn't very cutting-edge modern, now is it? Much has happened, and many good films, tv
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Eleriel
Sep 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
I think a more appropriate subtitle would be "a connoisseur's guide to stupid movies about zombies". There's almost nothing about literature, or the actual subculture, and the chapter about music is ridiculously short and incomplete. Money wasted.
Alice
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alice by: Vampir-Film-Freaks
Shelves: sachbuch
Puh, das hier ist schwierig ...
Wenn du ein Buch suchst, dass dir die Gothic Szene erklärt und näher bringt: Ne, lass bleiben.
Wenn du ein Buch suchst, das dir schaurige Bücher und Filme (chronologisch sortiert) aufzählt und ... beschreibt, dann kannst du dir dieses Buch durchaus holen. Zeitgenössische Musik (nur GB und Amerika) wird auch aufgezählt und ... beschrieben. Der Autor hat für dieses Werk wohl nur bis ins Jahr 2000 recherchiert. Bands wie VNV Nation ("aufsteigender Stern") und Apoptygma
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Nina Misson
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very thorough, well researched (and backed up with sources and literature) and exquisitely written. It's something I'll definitely be coming back to.
Kaarne
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike the name Goth Chic would suggest this book is not a style or how-to-be guide. Baddeley walks the reader through the history of the Gothic subculture with a heavy emphasis on the media that often goes with it, from classic Gothic literature to comics and from German Expressionist horror films to Tim Burton. Naturally music takes up a good chunk of the book as well. The one chapter focusing on fashion is rather short and for the most part details the history and influences of the archetypal ...more
Leonardo
Dec 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those wanting to learn something real about Goth
Quite an intelligente, passionate and comprehensive look into Goth: a must read for Goths and anyone wanting to understand Goth beyond sterotypes. Baddeley covers everything from gothic literature, to horror movies, comics, and tv series, before even beginning to make a history of late 20th-century and early 21st-century Goth pop culture... and that is a welcome change from studies and chronicles which start usually move the other way around. Lavishly illustrated, its prose is quite passionate a ...more
Michael
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most in depth books about the goth subculture outside of academic literature. This book offers information about many semi-obscure books and movies that every goth should check out. Virtually every element of goth culture is touched upon. While goths in their thirties may not find too much new information, those in their late teens and twenties can find this book useful and entertaining.

Be forewarned, not all of the material in this book is suitable for younger readers so pare
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Laura Morrigan
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was clearly written by one who understands the intricacies of gothic culture and influences. Lots of detail and information. A useful text. I was pleased that it covered classical music. It was divided well into chapters that traced various aspects, such as literature, music and movies, separately in a chronological way. This is a good and informative book for anyone seeking to learn more about the origins of gothic culture. It is good that it was written by someone who understands it, ...more
Andrew
Mar 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Just remebered this book,it's one I read ages back and is well worth a re-read, it looks at the Gothic influence as much in the context of film and literature as much as music and is a fascinating run through genres and sub genres..though I suspect other genres possibly exist now.
Fine photos throughout to illustrate points and interesting opinions on the birth of the 'Goth' sound citing the Doors as a strong possibility.
A fine read
Melissa
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone Interested In Sub-Cultures
I really loved this book. It was a really interesting look into a Sub-culture that I didn't know that much about. Everything from film to books was covered. The book kept my attention and I've whipped through it several times now, never gets old.
Claudia
Apr 22, 2008 marked it as to-read
i want this one! if anyone has it i will but it!
Rosemary
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly thorough and comprehensive. The author's tendency to overuse the word disingenuous, stood out to me. Interestinglyhe spelt Siouxsie's name Siouxsie Sue, which I'd never seen before.
Jenny
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is an excellent book if you are a fan of Gothic culture. I'm going to go through it again and use it as an A to Z guide of Gothic music, literature, theatre etc. It's absolutely worth buying.
Matti Karjalainen
Vähän sillisalaattimainen opus goottikulttuurista ja siihen nivoutuvista asioista kuten elokuvista, musiikista ja pukeutumisesta.
Molly Morgan
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book!
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