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Pop Goes the Decade: The Eighties
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This fascinating overview of popular culture in the 1980s describes the decade of excess that resulted from the social, political, and economic conditions of the time, documenting why so many milestones in entertainment, arts, and technology occurred the 80s. Popular culture in the United States in the 1980s--as reflected in film, television, music, technology, and art--serves to illustrate the general feeling of American citizens during this decade that the sky was the limit, and the only thing better than "big" was "bigger." This title provides readers with an engaging, in-depth study of the 1980s and supplies the larger historical and social context of popular culture in an era when the extraordinary seemed normal and all the rules were being rewritten. The book's wide scope includes the concepts, fashions, foods, sports, television, movies, and music that became popular in the 1980s. Readers will see how specific elements of the decade, such as visual art and architecture, reflect the sense of change in the 1980s, often through excessive displays of expression that helped further movements into the avant-garde. The technological advances, entertainment developments, and "game changers" that were essential to establishing the popular culture of the decade are highlighted, as is the trend of how personal expression in the 80s began to penetrate a wider segment of American culture, spanning across all ages. The book also calls attention to the standout events and individuals who influenced society in the 1980s, with emphasis on the figures who intentionally used pop culture as an avenue for change as well as the influences from the 1980s that are still felt today. * Provides readers a detailed view of popular culture in the 1980s through the decade's memorable television and film * Offers an extensive "one-stop" discussion of visual art and architecture not found in other history reference publications * Establishes the context of technological developments in the late 1970s and 1980s in determining the culture and entertainment of the 1980s * Examines the connection between the growth of popular sports in the 1980s and developments in television technology, which made sports more accessible to a larger audience
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)306.0973Social sciences Social Sciences; Sociology and anthropology Culture and Institutions Biography And History North America United States
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