Cover image for The 1960s
Title:
The 1960s
Author:
Rielly, Edward J.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xxi, 285 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313312618
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library E169.12 .R53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

This book describes the important changes in American society during the 60s, from feminism and civil rights to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Individual chapters explore various aspects of popular culture, including advertising, fashion, literature, music, visual arts, and travel. Supplemental resources include a timeline of important events, an extensive bibliography for further reading, and a subject index. This book describes the important changes in American society during the 60s, from feminism and civil rights to the Cuban Missile Crisis. Individual chapters explore various aspects of popular culture, including advertising, fashion, literature, music, visual arts, and travel. Supplemental resources include a timeline of important events, an extensive bibliography for further reading, and a subject index.

Iconoclasts such as Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Namath, Ralph Nader, and Andy Warhol brought color and controversy to this tumultuous decade, while cultural events such as the Stonewall March, The Graduate , and the Monterey Pop Festival provided indelible images of a bellwether time in American society. Whether it was Beatlemania, bell-bottoms, or bumper stickers, the cultural contributions of the 60s showed that the times were definitely a-changin'.


Author Notes

EDWARD J. RIELLY is Professor of English at St. Joseph's College of Maine.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

A new title in the American Popular Culture Through History series, taking us back to the quaint days of flower power, The Flintstones0 , Nehru jackets, and green beans amandine. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist


Choice Review

Rielly's book, part of the "American Popular Culture through History" series, describes the factors that shaped the popular culture of that decade. The author examines every aspect of sixties culture from advertising to the visual arts, arguing that more than any other generation, Baby Boomers influenced and were influenced by the customs, tastes, and beliefs of the popular culture that surrounded them. Raised by their parents to seek happiness and possessing the money and leisure time for that search, Baby Boomers created a market for those who could meet their demands for self-fulfillment. Half of the population of the country was under the age of 25 in the mid-1960s, and advertisers, music promoters, and television producers quickly realized they had ignored an untapped demographic. The young, therefore, became a target for those involved in the making of popular culture. In part, this emphasis on youth culture produced the Generation Gap and made the values of the counterculture movement more mainstream than the proponents of a cultural revolution had intended. Rielly (English, St. Joseph's College of Maine) concludes that as a result, our perception of the decade is shaped more by popular culture than by politics. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and collections. D. O. Cullen Collin County Community College District


Table of Contents

Ray B. Browne
Series Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Timeline of the 1960sp. xv
Part 1 Life and Youth During the 1960sp. 1
Chapter 1. Everyday Americap. 3
Chapter 2. World of Youthp. 23
Part 2 Popular Culture of the 1960sp. 37
Chapter 3. Advertisingp. 39
Chapter 4. Architecturep. 53
Chapter 5. Fashionp. 75
Chapter 6. Foodp. 91
Chapter 7. Leisure Activitiesp. 105
Chapter 8. Literaturep. 127
Chapter 9. Musicp. 151
Chapter 10. Performing Artsp. 183
Chapter 11. Travelp. 213
Chapter 12. Visual Artsp. 231
Cost of Products in the 1960sp. 249
Notesp. 253
Further Readingp. 259
Indexp. 271

Google Preview