42nd out of 100 books — 2 voters
Retro Hell: Life in the `70s and `80s, from Afros to Zotz
Valley girls. Quaaludes. Howard Cosell. K-tel Records. In today's pop -culture spin cycle, the seventies and eighties rule -- as evidenced by everything from reruns on Nickelodeon and VH-1 to Brady Bunch movies and New Wave theme parties.Now, at last, there's Retro Hell -- a sassy, knowing travelogue through the best and worst of these unforgettable decades. Orchestrated b...more
Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 1st 1997 by Back Bay Books
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Retro Hell is a series of reprints from an old Zine, full of the pop culture, trends and ephemera of the '70s and '80s, amusingly cataloged. In some ways it is quite dated, though, as the book was published in 1997, and in some ways it's yesterday's news, since shows like the I Love The series have thoroughly and completely mined much of the material. It might also be best read by women of the age to remember both decades, as a lot of the focus is on fashions and style, and quite a bit more of t...more
May 13, 2009 Evan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Super cute dictionary of pop cultural references. Done with humor, though it might be a little too flip and insider. It almost seems written for the clique of people who wrote it.