James Dean, the Mutant King: A Biography

James Dean, the Mutant King: A Biography


By (author) David Dalton

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  • Publisher: A Cappella Books
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 544g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Los Angeles, CA
  • ISBN 10: 155652398X
  • ISBN 13: 9781556523984
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 100 b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 180,066

Product description

This is the book that restarted the James Dean cult by celebrating him as the cool, defiant visionary of pop culture who made adolescence seem heroic instead of awkward and who defined the style of rock n roll s politics of delinquency. The only book to fully show how deliberately and carefully Dean crafted his own image and performances, and the product of still unequalled research, vivid writing, intimate photographs, and profound meditation, James Dean: The Mutant King has become almost as legendary as its subject. "

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"Vividly intimate, engrossing." --"Publishers Weekly" ""

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction: Ride the High Country or "They Went Thataway"; Cowboy Codes: Straight & Pure & All Boy; When We were Young: Nostalgia & the Cowboy Hero; Arms & the Man: The Friendly Gun; Give Me My Boots & Saddles: Camp Cowboy; Tall in the Saddle: Romance on the Range; White Hats & White Heroes: Who Is That Other Guy?; Virgin Land: Landscape, Nature, & Masculinity; Corporate Cowboys & the Shaping of a Nation; Postscript - The Frontiersman (1938); List of Films Mentioned; References; Index.