Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, And Real Cool Cats : Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980

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The first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behavior, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society's deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves. Featuring approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and--often overlooked--the actual words they wrote. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subcultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 203 x 260 x 20.32mm | 929.86g
  • Oakland, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1629634387
  • 9781629634388
  • 250,065

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"The authors of this volume have paid their dues. They've haunted the junk shops and flea markets, combed through the ratty cardboard boxes, smelled the mildew, inhaled the dust. They've turned a fresh and fearless eye to the unambiguously collectible, blue-ribbon 1950s and '60s pulps, and then turned that same awareness to later material, from the '70s--and they've identified a surprisingly durable pulp tradition which we can refer to as 'tribe pulp, ' a tradition which to my knowledge hasn't been really named till now, certainly not as clearly and cogently as here." --From the foreword by Peter Doyle, author of City of Shadows and The Big Whatever
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About Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle is an Australian author, musician, and visual artist. His book Get Rich Quick won the 1996 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel. Iain McIntyre is a Melbourne-based author, musician, and community radio broadcaster, who has written a variety of books on activism, history, and music. Andrew Nette is a writer and pulp scholar based in Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications and coedited Hard Labour and LEE.
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