8 Pop Culture Books you need to add to your reading list

Updated: Mar 29

Looking to immerse yourself in the world of non-fiction pop culture genre of comics, fashion, movies, art and more...here are 10 pop culture books you should add to your reading list.


What is Pop Culture?

Popular culture or "pop culture" is generally referred to as what is popular in society. Products consumed by the majority of the population in a society, such as music, art, literature, fashion, dance, movies, online culture, television, characters, video games and radio. Pop culture is the type of media that has mass accessibility and appeal.

 

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The first 4 books are published by a pop culture icon themselves...TASCHEN publications. Starting back in 1980 TASCHEN has helped showcase popular culture with its range of original, inspirational and limited edition books. The long-running TV series The Simpsons, another pop culture icon featured TASCHEN bookstore in episode 7 of season 24 "The Day the Earth Stood Cool".

TASCHEN bookstore in episode 7 of season 24 "The Day the Earth Stood Cool".
TASCHEN bookstore in The Simpsons
Pop Culture Books from TASCHEN

In 1977, Star Wars exploded onto our movie screens, and the world has changed since then. In this XXL- sized tome, George Lucas takes us like never before through the original trilogy, recounting the inspirations, experiences and stories that created a modern single myth. Full script pages, concept art, storyboards, live photography and more.

 

Volume II was produced in close collaboration with George Lucas and Lucasfilm and covers the making of the prequel trilogy: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace, Episode 2 - Attack of the Clones and Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith. The XXL tome continues our visual journey through the Star Wars galaxy with exclusive interviews with Lucas, script pages, concept art, live photos, and more.

 


The history of Adidas is one of the groundbreaking designs, epic moments and the creation of the all-around sneaker worn by the likes of Lionel Messi, Run DMC and Madonna. A mecca for sneaker lovers, this book introduces the history of Adidas through more than 350 pairs of shoes in the Adidas Archive, including one-of-a-kind originals, retros, never-before-seen prototypes and Stella designed McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto, Ocean Negotiation, etc.

 


Step back in time and witness comics legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko coveted the creation of the world's most popular internet thrower as they redefine what it means to be a hero. In this Hulk-sized collector's dream, the first 21 Spider-Man stories from 1962 to 1964 have been carefully photographed from the original copies of these rare comics - in the first volume of the TASCHEN Marvel Comics Library series A clever tribute to this teenage superhero. Also available as a collector's edition of 1,000 copies


 

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Pop Culture Book From Amazon

 Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me

Since The Karate Kid first crane-kicked its way into the pop culture stratosphere in June 1984, there hasn’t been a week Ralph Macchio hasn’t heard friendly shouts of “Wax on, wax off” or “Sweep the leg!” Now, with Macchio reprising his role as Daniel LaRusso in the #1 ranked Netflix show, Cobra Kai, he is finally ready to look back at this classic movie and give the fans something they’ve long craved.

 

The Andy Warhol Diaries

The Andy Warhol Diaries

This international literary sensation turns the spotlight on one of the most influential and controversial figures in American culture. Filled with shocking observations about the lives, loves, and careers of the rich, famous, and fabulous, Warhol's journal is endlessly fun and fascinating.


 

Pop Culture for Beginners

Pop Culture for Beginners

Pop culture for beginners encourages reflective engagement with the world around us and provides tools to think critically about how meaning is created, amplified, and transmitted. The first part of the book, The Pop Culture Toolbox, outlines a semiotic approach and outlines the development of popular culture studies; explains semiotic frameworks; introduces students to a variety of critical perspectives, including Marxist, feminist, post- Colonialism and Critical Race Theory; then outlines the "pivots" of popular culture, including authenticity, intersectionality, intertextuality, and subcultures.

 

90's Coloring Book: 50 Illustrations for Relaxation for All Ages

90's Coloring Book: 50 Illustrations for Relaxation for All Ages

The perfect picture book for all 90s fans. If you feel stressed at times, pick up this book and colour it, as colouring has been shown to have a positive effect on anxiety. This colouring book is perfect for any 90s lover looking for complete peace and mindfulness.


 

The following video showcases my favourite time in pop culture...the 80's, the movies, TV shows, toys, fashion and more.






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