The Subculture Diary is a youth culture bible in your pocket. Illustrated with iconic subculture photography, the Subculture Diary brings the power of social history into your daily life through daily facts, bizarre moments, anniversaries, fashion milestones and a worldwide festival schedule built right into your A5 printed planner. Whether you were a punk, mod, or nu raver, celebrate your mark on the world every day with The Subculture Diary.
The Subculture Diary brings a new lease of life to your yearly planner, bringing exciting content to your daily life. Enriched with photographs of iconic subcultures alongside defining moments in social history, the diary gives an insight to the development of youth culture in the post-war world, from Mods and Rockers fighting on Hastings Beach, to the evolution of UK Grime.
For this first time this complete history of subculture is incorporated within your everyday A5 diary, with yearly, monthly and weekly overviews to help you plan and organise with conviction. Stylish content and inspired cultural facts provide you with daily reminders of the iconic moments of yesteryear, whilst you add the personal dates that might define yours.
The Subculture Diary has been built upon years of experience and knowledge from the team at YOUTH CLUB. With our unparalleled network of youth culture photographers, social historians, and key figures contributing to this exciting and varied diary to bring social history into your hands.
The Subculture Diary has been designed with iconic social history at its heart - from interesting dates and facts to incredible imagery. This exciting content sits alongside a useful, practical design for your daily planning.
The Subculture Diary is centered around authenticity. Developed by a team of youth culture aficionados, all content is real and genuine, never staged or retouched. Take Gavin Watson's photograph of a group of Skinhead boys jumping off of a roof, one of the opening images inside the Subculture Diary. Gavin's teens were spent photographing his brother and his friends, all involved in the Skinhead movement in the UK. His photographs provide a frank and honest portrait of the iconic movement, breaking down barriers and misconceptions around the scene.
Next to Skinheads, our diary showcases evocative shots of Mods, Punks, New Romantics and Ravers from the nuanced to the loud.
At the start of each month is a month view to allow you to plan with a birds-eye view in a convenient A5 size.
At the start of the diary is a year overview for those who like to really plan ahead!
Weekly planners give you the space to plan out everything in more detail.
Throughout the weekly planner there are dates related to important moments in social history, from famous birthdays and protest movements to technological innovations. Next to beefing up your historical knowledge, the diary helps you plan ahead with important youth cultural dates for 2017, from festivals to pride parades.
Some of these weekly planners stand alongside photographs, whilst others provide you with some essential space for notes, with an interesting story added of course!
At the reverse of the diary, our handy youth culture timeline gives you a broader overview of how subcultures have evolved over time. The timeline was researched and created by Ted Polhemus, a renowned social anthropologist who has dedicated his career to the documenting and studying of youth subcultures.
The Subculture Diary isn't just filled with authentic content and exciting imagery. As well as helping you plan your life - it has also been designed and developed to the highest standards.
Design specifications include:
- Convenient A5 size
- Acid free paper
- Lay-flat binding
- Soft cover
- Elastic band closure
Our pledges are just as varied and dynamic as the content of The Subculture Diary! And yes - we're serious about the tattoo!
Below are some visuals to help you make your choice! With multiple choice options such as the zine and the limited edition print, just drop us a message after your pledge to let us know which one you want!
The photographs are at the heart of the Subculture Diary, complementing all the interesting dates and facts that are dispersed throughout. The Subculture Diary is illustrated with the work of some incredible photographers, having shot some of the most compelling work on youth subcultures. Here we introduce a selection of contributing photographers:
Gavin Watson - shot our amazing cover image!
A High Wycombe lad armed with a camera, Gavin began photographing his brother Neville in the early 80s, going on to unwittingly document one of the most misunderstood youth subcultures. Tender portraits and spirited adolescent friendships take us from the British Skinhead scene through a transition to 90s Rave Culture and on to Gavin’s contemporary work as a practicing photographer.
For more than thirty years Ted Polhemus has explored and celebrated the extraordinary ways that popular culture opens a window onto a broader understanding of the world we live in. Thrilled by the creativity of ‘real people’ who, decade after decade, have given constant impetus to music, style, design, and dance he has documented youth movements throughout the ages through his photography, writing and curation.
More than just a voyeur, Dave Swindells has turned his camera on nightlife in London and beyond since 1984. As the Time Out editor for Nightlife from 1986-2009, his work is a fascinating insight into the trends, attitudes, and nuances of London's clubbers. Evocatively shooting the emergence of the rave scene in the late 1980s, his photographs follow the journey from the wild attitude of Rave to the nighttime antics of modern day.
A proud activist armed with a camera, Matthew has gone on to produce an incredible body of work dating from the late 1980s to present day documenting the changing face of rave and free party culture, public protests and activism. From the M11 link road protest to Freedom to Party, Matthew remained both a key participant and a determined voyeur developing his trademark documentary-diary photographic style.
The Subculture Diary ships for free within the UK, for £5 within Europe and £10 for Rest of World. Other pledges vary.
By supporting The Subculture Diary, a proportion of your pledge will go to towards YOUTH CLUB.
YOUTH CLUB is a not-for-profit organisation working to preserve, share, educate and celebrate youth culture history through a passionate network of photographers and creatives. We celebrate youth culture through curated events, exhibitions, collaborations and consultancy.
At YOUTH CLUB, we believe in the power of youth culture heritage as a catalyst for creativity, self expression and connecting communities. We have observed a continual and growing demand for youth culture to be preserved, shared and ultimately celebrated - connecting the past, present and future generations.
YOUTH CLUB works towards its goal to open the world’s first Museum of Youth Culture in London.
Risks and challenges
We have finalised the design for The Subculture Diary 2017 and are working with an established printer of whom we are repeat clients having found them to be very reliable in the past and have assured us they will deliver the diary in time for Christmas.
The diary starts on January 1, 2017 and we have a reasonably tight deadline, and depending on the demand for The Subculture Diary there is always some room for things to delay the process. We believe that we can deliver The Subculture Diary on time and to the standard that we have set out, and if any delays or issues do arise we will let you know as soon as we know what the delay will be.
Whilst we don't anticipate any delay, a potential area would be international delivery. December is peak time for deliveries and with large quantities of diaries due to be sent out, some could end up arriving later than expected when delivering overseas. We will do everything we can to plan ahead and avoid late deliveries to ensure you receive your diary in time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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