A Guide to an American Subculture
by Tiffini A. Travis and Perry Hardy
April 2012, 161pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-35953-8
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Skinheads—hostile, confrontational, violent, neo-Nazi hooligans, right? Bald heads, steel-toed boots, and utter contempt for middle class living? Yes, many who identify themselves as skinheads fit this description—and make most of the headlines—but the overall skinhead subculture is far more diverse in politics, attitudes, fashion, and music than most people realize.

This book provides a fascinating examination of one of the most notorious countercultures in the United States.

Skinheads: A Guide to An American Subculture is an insider’s look at the history of skinheads in the United States, from their emergence from the U.S. hardcore underground in the 1980s in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, to the current scene that thrives in many major metropolitan areas today.

What makes this revelatory book so compelling is its one-of-a-kind view of skinhead culture from the inside out. Coauthor Perry Hardy is a skinhead, bass player for the band, The Templars, and veteran member of the American skinhead scene since the onset of the movement. Based on his experiences, plus interviews with dozens of skinheads of all kinds, Skinheads draws back the curtain to reveal a world that more often is simply a haven for those disaffected from society, rather than a subculture of hatred or violence.


  • Includes images of American skinheads from the 1980s, 1990s, and today that depict skinhead fashion, hairstyles, and lifestyles
  • Provides an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources in a variety of formats, including articles from magazines and scholarly journals, books, and websites
Tiffini A. Travis is librarian and liaison for the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. She received her master’s degree in library and information science from the University of California at Los Angeles. Travis specializes in research for popular culture, communication theory, and rhetoric. She has authored numerous publications in the field of information science.

Perry Hardy is a bass player for the Templars, a skinhead band. His travels with the band take him all over the United States, as well as to Germany and the United Kingdom. He has been active in the skinhead scene since the mid-1980s and published the popular fanzine Carry No Banners from 1990 until 1992. The publication was distributed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.


"Travis and Hardy’s well-researched overview of American skinhead subculture begins with its emergence in the punk rock scene of the early 1980s and traces its evolution through a period of politicization through the nuanced history of the movement. Skinhead subculture began without a racist element; Hardy himself is an avowed nonracist skinhead and a member of a skinhead punk band, the Templars. An invaluable insider perspective."—Library Journal Online, May 3, 2013

"Despite the book's slim size, it offers a well-rounded overview of the topic. This volume is ideal for undergraduates and high school students. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice, October 1, 2012
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