Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties

Back to the Fifties Nostalgia Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties Throughout the s and s Hollywood studios and record companies churned out films albums music videos and promotional materials that sought to recapture revise and re imagine the s Brea

  • Title: Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties
  • Author: Michael D. Dwyer
  • ISBN: 9780199356836
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hollywood studios and record companies churned out films, albums, music videos and promotional materials that sought to recapture, revise, and re imagine the 1950s Breaking from dominant wisdom that casts the trend as wholly defined by Ronald Reagan s politics or the rise of postmodernism, Back to the Fifties reveals how Fifties nostalgia fThroughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hollywood studios and record companies churned out films, albums, music videos and promotional materials that sought to recapture, revise, and re imagine the 1950s Breaking from dominant wisdom that casts the trend as wholly defined by Ronald Reagan s politics or the rise of postmodernism, Back to the Fifties reveals how Fifties nostalgia from 1973 to 1988 was utilized by a range of audiences for diverse and often competing agendas Films from American Graffiti to Hairspray and popular music from Sha Na Na to Michael Jackson shaped and were shaped by the complex social, political and cultural conditions of the Reagan Era By closely examining the ways that the Fifties was remade and recalled, Back to the Fifties explores how cultural memories were fostered for a generation of teenagers trained by popular culture to rewind, record, recycle and replay.

    One thought on “Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties”

    1. A compulsively readable study of the complex relationship between the 1980s and the 1950s, using perceptive and insightful analyses of well-chosen key texts to unpack this fluid and contradictory dynamic. Without really contradicting Jameson's political critique of the "nostalgia mode" as a potent ideological tool, Dwyers' book adds important nuance and dimension to this debate. Above all, the book is a great read, beautifully balancing theory, textual analysis, and scholarly debate, while addin [...]

    2. Dwyer's book is a model of film scholarship that blends close readings of key films with media industries methods as he investigates why the pop culture of the 1980s relied so heavily on the pop culture of the 1950s in the era of Reagan. The chapters on Back to the Future, Michael Jackson's music and Star persona and the importance of the film American Graffiti and the "oldies" radio format are the meat of the book and illustrate a thoughtful re-thinking of assumptions about the 80s, Reagan, and [...]

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