American Culture in the 1970s (Twentieth-Century American by Will Kaufman

By Will Kaufman

The Seventies used to be a culturally brilliant interval. Will Kaufman addresses the dominant cultural types of the 1970s—fiction and poetry; tv and drama; movie and visible tradition; well known tune and elegance; public house and spectacle—and the decade's so much influential figures and texts, from the writer Toni Morrison to the tv sequence, All within the relatives, from Diane Arbus to Bruce Springsteen, from M.A.S.H. to Taxi driving force, and from disco divas to protestors of the Vietnam warfare. Proving there is extra to the last decade than polyester and narcissism, American tradition within the Nineteen Seventies seriously reengages with one in every of America's so much misunderstood eras. (9/1/09)

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