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The Great Funk: Styles of the Shaggy, Sexy, Shameless 1970s
 
 
Author
Thomas Hine.
Publisher Sarah Crichton Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.9 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780374531676
Pages/Publication Date 241/2007
Daedalus Item Code 21694
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Remember avocado kitchens, shag rugs, Dacron leisure suits, and earth shoes? In Populuxe, Thomas Hine surveyed the optimistic consumerism of the 1950s and 60s; here he takes on the 70s, a decade when the president resigned, America lost a war, and we endured gas lines, urban squalor, and soaring inflation. And yet, says Hine, when things fall apart, you can take the fragments and make something fresh, and the 70s were all about reinvention. With nearly 300 images of everything from Archie Bunker and Studio 54 to the Stonewall riots and Star Wars, Hine's book "captures the shapes, smells and sensibilities of the chaotic and conflicted 'Me Decade'" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

"To Hine, a design critic and historian, the 70s aren't so much the decade that taste forgot as a time when the old tastemakers were deliberately set aside, creating fleeting but instantly recognizable styles. Nearly every page features illustrations, both in color and black and white, creating a richly layered visual record of everything from Earth shoes to pet rocks. This is not mere nostalgia—even as he celebrates the advances of feminism and gay liberation, Hine recognizes that such progress was born out of great turmoil (the funk in his title refers both to a musical style and a depressive state). Yet it is those small pockets of optimism amid the chaos that he holds up as most relevant to our contemporary situation—just maybe without such wide lapels."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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