Books Magazine

The Hipster

By Ashleylister @ashleylister
According to Wiki, "The hipster subculture is stereotypically composed of younger and middle-aged adults who reside primarily in gentrified neighbourhoods. It is broadly associated with indie and alternative music and genres such as chill-out, folk, modern rock, pop rock, and post-Britpop. Hipsters also frequently flaunt a varied non-mainstream fashion sensibility, vintage and thrift store-bought clothing, generally pacifist progressive and green political views, veganism, organic and artisanal foods, craft alcoholic beverages, alternative lifestyles, and snobbery."
I decided to delve a little deeper, discovering that the slang word 'hip' began with reference to the American Jazz scene in the 1940's. The term was derived from the use of opium, when the drug smoker would lie on his smoking a pipe. Soon being hip was applied to those who were 'turned on' or 'in the know'.  "Hip" eventually acquired the common English suffix -ster (as in spinster and gangster), and "hipster" entered the language
Initially, hipsters were usually middle-class white youths seeking to emulate the lifestyle of the largely black jazz musicians they followed. In The Jazz Scene (1959), author Eric Hobsbawm (originally writing under the pen name Francis Newton) described hipster language—i.e., "jive-talk or hipster-talk"—as "an argot or cant designed to set the group apart from outsiders". This group crucially includes white jazz musicians such as Benny Goodman, Al Cohn, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra who ought to be counted as some of the true original hipsters as they were instrumental in turning the white world onto jazz and its underground culture in the 1930s and 1940s.
So there is nothing new in the current hipster fashion but I do have to say that is great to see British men taking pride in the way they look.
The Hipster
The Hipster
He stands at the bar with a craft brewed beer, In his Oxfam tweeds and his time worn brogues,
A pocket watch chained to his waistcoat front.
He’s the hipster
His beard is trimmed and his moustache waxed, Sports socks of the colourful jacquard type,
Across his body a tan leather bag.
He’s the hipster
He likes art exhibitions and poetry, He’ll show you his vinyl collection,
A vegan perhaps, he's politically green.
He’s the hipster.
Seen at Art House cinema screenings Or walking with stick or umbrella, A man for all seasons whatever the weather.
He’s the hipster. Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook

Reactions:


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • When You’re Fueled by Fat, Traveling is a Relative Breeze

    When You’re Fueled Fat, Traveling Relative Breeze

    Setting off on a journey, for most carb-eating people, usually means planning snacks for the trip, being sure to have something to munch on hand. When fueled... Read more

    6 hours, 35 minutes ago by   Dietdoctor
    DIET & WEIGHT, HEALTH, HEALTHY LIVING, MEDICINE
  • It’s Time to ShiftShiftShift. Right Now.

    It’s Time ShiftShiftShift. Right Now.

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." ― Galileo... Read more

    7 hours, 41 minutes ago by   Berijoy
    CREATIVITY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Unito Review: An Excellent Synchronization Platform for Your Project Management

    Unito Review: Excellent Synchronization Platform Your Project Management

    Project management tools play a vital role in the company’s growth and success. There is a number of employees in any organization, everybody works differently... Read more

    7 hours, 47 minutes ago by   Seogdk
    MARKETING & ADVERTISING, SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Stronger

    Stronger

    Brand trips are one of the coolest parts of blogging... but can also prove to be one of the most stressful. You know you will be photographed the entire time... Read more

    8 hours, 10 minutes ago by   Wardrobeoxygen
    FASHION, SELF EXPRESSION, SHOPPING
  • Purposeful Abandonment for Tomorrow’s Event Success

    Determine When to Let Go, and When to Tackle New Challenges You seldom hear a management guru advocating that you give up, but that's essentially what Peter... Read more

    8 hours, 10 minutes ago by   Marketingtango
    BUSINESS, MARKETING & ADVERTISING
  • Northern Thailand: The Best of Lanna

    Northern Thailand: Best Lanna

    To date, through 4 separate road trips in Northern Thailand, we have now covered all 9 provinces, and have put together a simple road... Read more

    8 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Allanmwilson
    DESTINATIONS, EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • Telling Your Kids They Are Smart: It's The Kiss Of Death!

    What the hell is this woman talking about? What do you mean, don't tell my kid that he/she isn't smart? If I don't say that, they will think I think that... Read more

    8 hours, 32 minutes ago by   Joanigeltman
    FAMILY, PARENTING