Earlier this year, Mark Lewman somehow conned Nike into funding the FREESTYLIN’ Magazine reunion book he’s been wanting to do since FREESTYLIN’ stopped printing pages in the early 90s. Having finally received my copy, I am glad he did.
If you came up in the 80s BMX world, or even if you missed it, this book is a must-have if you’re interested in the history of BMX. Andy Jenkins, Spike Jonze, and Lew got back together, went through the archives, contacted everyone they could find, and reassembled the magazine that we all worshipped during BMX freestyle’s original heyday. From the pros to the zines to the behind-the-scenes is all here.
Craig Grasso puttin’ it down.
80s zine covers [Yes, even I have a couple in there… and I got the opportunity to contribute writing some to this thing as well. Thanks, Lew!]
Here’s a video clip from the L.A premiere of the book [runtime: 4:38]: