John Sutcliffe was a fascinating, creative person suffering from a lifetime obsession with leather. His natural flair for odd design led him to change profession from being an aircraft engineer to a self-taught designer in leather, rubber and vinyl fetish wear. Trying to normalize something previous regarded as shameful by the mainstream culture of 1970s England, he started AtomAge magazine which would also work as a catalogue for his creations. The magazine ran for 32 issues and was a great achievement for him. Despite its success, AtomAge remained an underground phenomenon. It was ultimately destroyed by the prudish nature of the times. “Dressing For Pleasure: The Best of AtomAge 1972-1980” by Jonny Trunk offers a peek into the world of a pioneering pervert whose work has become an important influence on the current fetish scene as on modern high fashion.
Whether you’re searching for a book to replace some missing links in your musical and visual education or a retrospect of the musical riches of the 1970s, “Cult Rock Posters” is a great choice. From the gritty sound and fuck you attitude of punk, or the quirky vocals and synthesized rhythms of new wave to the catchy melodies and glittery of glam, a rock history of this decade of great change has been put together, drawing upon interviews with artists and a collection of over 150 rare posters.
In the middle of the 1800s Søren Kierkegaard wrote “The Sickness Unto Death” in his apartment in Rosenborggade in Copenhagen. It is a work that stands out, and Kierkegaard himself regarded it as some of the best he had produced. The book is about existential despair, which he regarded as a sin but also an important part of every human’s life. He brings it upon himself. It is a sickness of the self, and one can never be rid of the self, but without the presence of despair, one also cannot get a true contact with oneself.
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