1980s

ISBN-10: 031333000X
ISBN-13: 9780313330001
Edition: 2006
List price: $55.00
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Description: The eighties are seen by many as a time of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, metal heads to valley girls, and workout clothes to shoulder pads, many pushed the boundaries of what was was conventional. After a decade of war,  More...

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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The eighties are seen by many as a time of excess and extremes. From Boy George to Madonna, metal heads to valley girls, and workout clothes to shoulder pads, many pushed the boundaries of what was was conventional. After a decade of war, disillusionment of the government, advances in civil rights, and disco, Americans became status seekers and shopaholics and the "Me" generation was born. Twelve narrative chapters describe the decade of decedence and its impact on popular culture including: the AIDS epidemic, preppies, Miami Vice, the Rubik's Cube, E.T., hair bands, the advent of the personal computer, malls, Ronald Reagan, Pac-Man, Cheers, Stephen King, Michael Jackson, the shuttle Challenger explosion, Bonfire of the Vanities, music videos, Roseanne, the power suit, Less Than Zero, rap music, and The Cosby Show, among many others. Chapters on "Everyday America" and the "World of Youth" describe the important changes in American society, from Ronald Reagan's "War on Drugs", to latch-key kids, to Black Monday. The following ten chapters explore the many aspects of popular culture-everything from advertising to fashion, literature to music, travel to the visual arts-that influenced Americans in the eighties. Supplemental resources include a timeline of important events, an extensive bibliography for further reading and a subject index.

Timeline of popular culture events
Life and youth during the 1980s
Everyday America
World of youth
Popular culture of the 1980s
Advertising
Architecture
Fashion
Food
Lesiure activities
Literature
Music
Performing arts
Travel
Visual arts
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