Last year's exhibition takes shape as a book.

“I had cousins and their friends who were my style icons; there was an attitude and swagger that was so appealing to me from my mid-teens,” creative director Harris Elliott told Clash on the eve of ‘Return of the Rudeboy’ (here).

The ‘live Instagram feed’ style six room exhibition that opened last June, this weekend returns in the shape of a fancy new book, launching tomorrow via a Rudeboy Salon, the first place fans will be able to pick up a copy of the 128 page hardback.

Exploring the contemporary identity of the Rudeboy subculture – “not a culture wallowing in the past,” according to Elliott’s co-curator Dean Chalkley – the Salon likewise follows in a similar vein to the initial exhibition, with two full days of DJ’s, book signings and a pair of special guest speakers.

Elsewhere Goodmans heritage radios form the basis of an art installation cum music project, marrying 90 of the stereos with artist and self confessed Rudie, Andrew Ibi’s distinctive illustrations.

The book itself is comprised both of original imagery from the exhibition, as well as previously unseen introductions and written essays on the culture by noted commentators.

Rudeboy Salon opens tomorrow at London’s Hospital Club, until 10pm on Saturday.


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