Street Fighter II oral-history creators have launched a Kickstarter campaign to get book published

Like a Hurricane is the culmination of several years of work by author Matt Leone.



Players of Capcom’s all-time-classic fighting game series Street Fighter know that the Hurricane Kick is one of its defining special moves. It’s appropriate, then, that the creators of an oral history of Street Fighter II chose the title Like a Hurricane, and that they have turned to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to get the book published.

Classic-rock fans, on the other hand, are likely to be left wondering if there’s some connection between the 1991 video game and a certain Neil Young song released in 1977. Based on the trailer below, I’m guessing the answer is no:

Like a Hurricane: An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II is the culmination of several years of work by author Matt Leone. The book is an enhanced and expanded print edition of a series of articles published online by Polygon/Vox Media, for which Leone conducted dozens of interviews. His subjects included Takashi “Piston” Nishiyama, who created the first game in the series, and Yoko “Shimo-P” Shimomura, Street Fighter II’s lead music composer.

The book’s publisher, Darren Wall of Read-Only-Memory, is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project, which you can find here.

The campaign’s goal is to raise CA$85,405 by 2 p.m. PST on August 6. As I type these words, total pledges have reached CA$41,518.

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

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