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Skateboarder performing a mid-air hold, on cover of 'Read and Destroy, Skateboarding Through a British Lens 1978-1995', by ACC Art Books.

Read and Destroy

Skateboarding Through a British Lens 1978-1995

By (author) Dan Adams


Publishing 29th May 2024
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  • The inside story of RAD – Britain’s seminal skateboarding publication
  • Commentary from the original editorial team
  • Lovingly illustrated with archival photography
  • A thrill-ride ride through the skateboarding subculture of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s
  • Perfect for skate fans and photography buffs
Full Description

For British skateboarders in the mid-’80s, RAD (aka Read and Destroy) was more than just a magazine. Before the X Games, before the internet, a whole generation of this once underground subculture relied on RAD to provide a beacon, bringing them together in spirit and in person.

Under the guidance of editor and chief photographer, Tim Leighton-Boyce, RAD took on an experimental, irreverent approach with a vibrant, chaotic energy. The legacy of the magazine is an action-packed photo archive documenting a unique time, place and attitude, capturing the death and rebirth of skateboarding as it evolved into a mainstay of extreme sports and street culture the world over.

This book reveals that archive in all its glory, offering an inside view of skateboarding and youth culture from the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, told primarily through the experiences of the British skate photographers at the core of the magazine’s original editorial team.

ACC Art Books
Publish date
29th May 2024
USA & Canada
9.45 in x 11.81 in
272 Pages
300 color
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