Jane Stern; Michael Stern Sixties People

ISBN 13: 9780333475188

Sixties People

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It was that moonstruck time when new identies were everything, when the resulting lifestyles dictated not only how people dressed, spoke, behaved and ate but also what they believed. It was the age of Aquarius, of fun-fun-fun surfers and party animals, the martini man and the playboy philosophy, mod taffeta ties and Beatle-style caps, hippies, Hell's Angels, rock groupies and the radical underground. The 1960s left an indelible mark on all who lived through them - and lots who didn't. By looking beyond the front-page headlines, the Sterns give us a brave new slant on a time that was as comical as it was consequential. Investigators of cultural phenomena, Jane and Michael Stern are the authors of 11 books, among them "Square Meals", "Roadfood and Goodfood", and "Elvis World".

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From School Library Journal:

YA-- Many people associate the decade of the 60s with the hippies, forgetting the surfers, playboys, folkniks, and others whose lifestyle choices were also part of the colorful fabric of that era. The Sterns present the 60s as a time when people were smitten with new identities, forever discarding one identity for another in search of the real meaning of life. Thus, their sweep through popular culture includes an impressive variety of identities, exploring what is laughable and what is profound about each group's philosophy, music, manner of dress, and general lifestyle. Not forgotten are the vivacious pixies of the decade, such as Mary Tyler Moore and Marlo Thomas, or "the young vulgarians," Elvis and Priscilla Presley look-alikes who thronged the dance floors of Dick Clark's American Bandstand. Concluding with a chapter on "Mr. and Mrs. Average," this book is the best of its kind, going beyond trivia to analyze the phenomenal variety of the period's personalities. This is not just a collection of photographs, as are so many books on various decades. Although some of the photographs are uncaptioned, a confusing practice, their inclusion further enhances the substantial text. Students searching for material on the ever-mythical 60s will hit pay dirt here.
- Keddy Ann Outlaw, Harris County Public Library, Houston
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This witty and frivolous evocation of surfers, political protesters, Beatlemaniacs and others who made the '60s era what it was looks backward in fond reverie with occasionally breathless prose. The Sterns ( Elvis World ) don't intend to turn a sobersided historical perspective on their own youthful heyday; in celebrating the '60s spirit of untrammeled individualism, they compose giddy set pieces. A chapter on "perky girls" ("enchanted pixies," embodied by actress Marlo Thomas) is deliciously flirtatious, echoing its gigglesome subjects--but the same tone becomes inane and condescending in championing the "young vulgarians" of working-class South Philadelphia and the Bronx (they "positively dripped with splendiferous cheapness") and reducing the beliefs of the Black Panthers to mere "trendy thought" (the Panthers' appeal "can be understood by looking at their taste in hats"). Few writers can top the Sterns when they consider food and its milieu, but their wistful, playful tryst with nostalgia here is equal parts fluff and skill. Photos not seen by PW. 30,000 first printing.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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