The Seventies is must reading for anyone who wants to revisit that glam decade and the contributions it made to our culture. The contributors take you on a fascinating journey that looks at the Black Panthers, Jonestown, glam rock, black action films and gay male subcultures as well as including queer rereadings of cultural phenomena, examinations of clothing and seventies bodies, and an essay on the meaning of sound in the seventies.
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Shelton Waldrep is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. He is co-author of Inside the Mouse (1995).Review:
""The Seventies offers fascinating insight into the significance of a truly weird era using the critical tools of late-'90s cultural theory. But fear not-this is academic in scope, but far from stodgy in execution. With essays taking on the Black Panthers, glam rock, porno chic, suburbia, Jonestown, blaxploitation flicks, '70s body types and more, these scholars boldly straddle the highs and lows of American culture, unafraid to wallow in a little "trash."
Refreshingly, "The Seventies steers clear of the shallow waters typically traveled by most purveyors of retro-hell, allowing Eldridge Cleaver, David Cassidy and Patty Hearst to bump booties with Karl Marx, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze."
"If examinations of the "subversive, democratizing" effects of polyester leisure suits, the "trisexual self-reflexivity" of glam rockers The New York Dolls, or the "queer heroine" status of black action queen Cleopatra Jones strike you as intriguingly offbeat, this collection is for you."
"Waldrep has collected 14 essays that aim to contest the romanticizing impulse by exploring the contemporary political and cultural meaning in such icongraphic cultural and artistic artifacts as the rock band New York Dolls, the TV show Bewitched, the movie Shaft and disco music. . . . illuminating essays show that the decade was rich with cultural meaning."
-"Publisher's Weekly, November 15, 1999
"The strongest essays... combine a close attention to specific textual detail with a broad sense of cultural signifigance and a willingness to scrap vague generalizations about "the seventies" for more incisive culturalcritcism. These essays manage to avoid the banality of nostalgic fascination..." Daniel Wickberg, University of Texas."
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