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Retro Hell: Life in the `70s and `80s, from Afros to Zotz

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  79 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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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HeavyReader
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who were kids during the 70s and/or 80s
Shelves: favorites
When I get really depressed, I read this book. It reminds me of being a kid. That doesn't always make me feel happy, but it does distract me.
Professor
Apr 18, 2010 Professor rated it liked it
Shelves: virtual-catalog
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
Monica
Dec 26, 2010 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super Super fun encyclopedia of pop culture from late 60's to late 80's. Even more fun if you remember the old 'zine it came from "Ben is Dead"
Craig Gilbert
Dec 03, 2007 Craig Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all kids, young and old.
If you are between the ages of 20-sometihng and 40, go get this now or you will be poked in the eye.

For real.
Joshua
Apr 10, 2013 Joshua rated it liked it
An A to Z of pop culture for old fart Gen Xers, culled from the much missed “Ben Is Dead” magazine. This book always cracks me up, even if it never got over the prom.
Evan
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.
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