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Simon Wheatley book

nice to see the work continues. yay!

if youre out there simon, where can we see what else you are up to these days? or if anyone else knows…

by Kenneth Dickerman at 2010-07-07 20:43:20 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

um, here’s the link


by Kenneth Dickerman | 07 Jul 2010 20:07 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
That’s great to know. Thanks for the post. I love that cover pic and rather like the title too! You can find him on Facebook, I believe.

by Jenny Lynn Walker | 07 Jul 2010 23:07 | On The Road, Thailand | | Report spam→
This was on the site:

About the Author
Simon Wheatley is an independent documentary photographer who has been studying the underground urban music scene in London and a visiting lecturer in photography at the Roopkala Kendro Film School in Calcutta, India.

“Don’t Call Me Urban!” is the definitive contemporary documentary record exploring one of the biggest social issues in the UK – drug use, the wayward behavior of deprived black (and white) youth – it is the only book to give an unbiased account of a significant and vibrant genre of music in the UK and abroad. The pictures in Wheatley’s book are unique and, unlike similar books, feature ordinary people as well as the people that have emerged to bring the ethos of grime to the attention of a wider audience. The book analyses the culture of ‘grime’ that has burst out of London’s decaying council estates over the past decade…

“These youths live a fantasy largely based on an ‘urban’ culture imported from the USA, where Simon believes rap music has degenerated from an originally ‘conscious’ base to one in which the ‘gangsta’ strain that emerged in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s is now dominant.

“Don’t Call Me Urban!” seeks to cut through the perceived glamour of ‘urban’ culture and document through photographs and stories what is the social reality of being black (and white) on a London council estate, where ‘urban’ music – specifically the culture of emceeing and rapping – has become a standard means to communicate and express feeling.

“The mindless postcode warfare that now plagues London, and is the cause of many of the sudden wave of teenage killings, can be seen to have roots in the confrontation of east and west coast in US hip hop.

“Simon Wheatley gained the trust of the key figures in the grime culture who allowed him to capture the harsh elements of the street with its raw violence and drug taking as well as the more intimate and tender moments of their lives. The portraits and commentary from the likes of Dizee Rascal, Wiley, Jammer, Skepta, Fumin’, P Money, Flirta D and Kano make “Don’t Call Me Urban” a contemporary and definitive account of a culture which remains a frightening mystery to many.

The title takes its inspiration from the objection to the word ‘urban’ that many black youths feel.

by Jenny Lynn Walker | 07 Jul 2010 23:07 | On The Road, Thailand | | Report spam→
Thanks for the post! I’m glad to know that this book is finally out.. it’s amazing!

by [former member] | 08 Jul 2010 06:07 | new delhi, India | | Report spam→
The guy on the cover of the book, known to his peps as “crazy titch”, is serving a life sentence for blowing away some chap with a sub machine gun in Chingford…



by [former member] | 11 Jul 2010 13:07 (ed. Jul 11 2010) | Washington D.C , United States | | Report spam→
Just to let you know that the book is not out till Autumn.

Expect a lot of buzz when this publishes. I’ve had a preview. It’s a classic by any standard.

by duckrabbit | 15 Jul 2010 11:07 | UK, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

by [former member] | 15 Jul 2010 22:07 | Voss, Norway | | Report spam→
Really looking forward to the book. Wheatley’s always been one of my faves.

by Mikko Takkunen | 25 Jul 2010 22:07 | Swansea, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

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