The Black Leather Jacket
Cover of The Black Leather Jacket
|Publisher||Abbeville Press/Plexus Publishing|
|LC Class||GT615 .F36 1985|
The book chronicles the history of the black leather jacket over a seventy-year span up to the mid-1980s, taking in all aspects of its social, cultural and political impact. In the introduction, Farren explains:
- The black leather jacket has always been the uniform of the bad. Hitler's Gestapo, the Hell's Angels, the Black Panthers, punk rockers, gay bar cruisers, rock 'n' roll animals and the hardcore mutations of the eighties all adopted it as their own.
The book was adapted into a 60-minute television documentary shown on the United Kingdom television channel Channel 4 in 1988. Nick Mead directed and co-wrote the script with Farren, Paul Cowan produced. The voice over was provided by United States actor Dennis Hopper, with Michael Vartan playing the part of the Motorcycle Boy.
The title music for the television documentary was written and performed by the British heavy rock group Motörhead. Motörhead frontman Lemmy had known Farren since the late 1960s and they had often collaborated with each other, composing songs for The Deviants, Hawkwind and Motörhead. The song remained unreleased until the 2003 Stone Deaf Forever! boxset was issued.
- Funtopia (official Farren website) - The Black Leather Jacket
- The Black Leather Jacket at the Internet Movie Database
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