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In the early 1970s, the sport of skateboarding had so waned from its popularity in the 1960s that it was virtually nonexistent. In the DogTown area of west Los Angeles, a group of young surfers known as the Zephyr Team (Z-Boys) was experimenting with new and radical moves and styles in the water, which they translated to the street. When competition skateboarding returned in 1975, the Z-Boys turned the skating world on its head. DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys is a truly fascinating case study of how an underground sport ascended in the world. These are the stories and images of a time that not only inspired a generation but changed the face of the sport forever.

"DogTown: The Legend of the Z-Boys was originally put together in 2000 and eventually hit the streets just before the the movie DOGTOWN AND Z- BOYS ... but although I worked on making this book for years before, it wasn’t until the movie started that Stecyk was convinced to go along with the idea if i would also agree to make it half my work too, that was Craig’s idea, I originally just wanted to print all his original stories... in the end this did make a lot of sense, i had discovered so many cool photographs that i had never published before and of course his stories and photographs as well will always stand up to the test of time. So around 20 years after i first started working on the original edition we will have THIS new edition. New cover, new bigger size (now 9”x9”), lots of updated designs, and some never before seen photographs as well, besides a few killer surprises. Even if you have the original it’s very likely you will want this new one.

This book contains 100 pages of the OG DogTown stories, “Who’s Hots” and interviews that C.R. Stecyk III wrote and photographed masterfully during the mid-seventies Skateboarding explosion, and i believe these stories are part of the reason skateboarding became what it has, to this day. Another 130 or so pages are my DogTown photographs from beginning to end, most of all never before published before this original book, and now I’ve added even more that have been rediscovered or never seen! More thorough captions too. This book is just being sent to the printers as i type this, but i too can’t wait to see it in my own hands. It’s gonna be amazing and you will be STOKED to have this expanded edition. " - Glen E. Friedman

This volume has been described as “the DogTown textbook” and an indispensable companion piece to the Sony Pictures Classics film Dogtown and Z-Boys. Now spanning 1975–1985 and beyond, the first section of the book includes the best of the DogTown articles written and photographed by C.R. Stecyk III as they originally appeared in SkateBoarder Magazine. The second half compiles hundreds of skate images from the archives of Glen E. Friedman—many of which appear in the movie. (Stecyk and Friedman acted as executive producers and advisors for the film.)

The bigger, newly designed edition of the book includes many never-before-seen Friedman photos, along with a new postscript by Stecyk. It is available for pre-order now on Amazon


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