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Star-Spangled Kitsch: An astounding and tastelessly illustrated exploration of the bawdy, gaudy, shoddy mass-art culture in this grand land of ours

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202 pages
Published 1975 by Universe
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Andy
Jan 29, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing
This book is a blast, if you can possibly track down a copy. It's a history of early American trash culture, from the beginning. It was the first place I ever heard of the infamously awful opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, and my introduction to the idea that the fastest way to render something kitschy was to put a clock in it. Kitschy sculpture is also dealt with (the best/worst example being a rendering of George Washington which has him represented as the Greek god Zeus), as is bad art ...more
Stewart Tame
Oct 30, 2013 Stewart Tame rated it liked it
Not bad. Didn't like it as well as I expected to, but it was still fun. I could have done with more photos and less preachiness. Though I suppose it's hard to define "kitsch" without sounding like some arbiter of cosmic taste. This sort of book has been done better--Jan and Michael Stern's The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste for instance--but it's still entertaining.
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