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Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980

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Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is the first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behaviour, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. From the ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by PM Press
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Karl
Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
The book contains an interview with Marijane Meaker, aka Vin Packer.

Featuring approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews.

Compressed Contents:

007 - Forward by Peter Boyle
011 - Introduction
018 - "Teenage jungle: pulp fiction's juvenile delinquents"
090 - "Beat girls and real cool cats: 1960s beats and Bohemians"-
136 - "Love tribes: Hippies and the pulp fiction of the late-60s and early-70s counterculture"
194 - "Groupies and
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David Whish-wilson
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of essays is chock-full of fascinating perspectives on pulp titles and trends. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Robert
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On one hand, this book is as hip and fun to read as the title makes it sound. It’s also an amazing feat of pop culture scholarship that provides a heavily-researched, lushly-illustrated, in-depth look at the various types of “youthsploitation” books published in the United States, the UK and Australia in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. It’s a deep, enjoyable dive into pulp fiction paperbacks about juvie gangs, beatniks, bikers, hippies, punks, skinheads and other social rebels that I think is ...more
Maxim
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Indispensable...
Steven
So easy to dive in and get lost for a few hours! Hard to over praise this cultural and pulp fiction study. Beautiful artwork with hundreds of cover reproductions. Full of essays and author interviews. Has a lot of coverage of the UK and Australian pulp fiction and youth cultures, so isn't exclusively focused on America.
Larry D'librarian
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book, lavishly illustrated with pulp covers, is itself a beautiful thing. Its own lurid green cover features a number of pulp images such as the defiant stare of Mama, the chaos of The Spungers, the romantic mood of Hippie Doctor and a cyborg-like Charles Manson staring out from The Hippy Cult Murders.

There are around 400 full-colour covers reproduced in the book, many of which have not been reprinted before. These are a joy. Accompanying them are over 70 essays and in-depth interviews and
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Robin Bonne
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a collector of vintage pulps from the 50’s and 60’s, I found this to be interesting. There are some cool old covers printed in this book, but not necessarily the ones I would have selected as being important historically.
DENNIS
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i received a copy from the publisher and was immediately blow away by the appearance of the book. I expected a so so outline of some titles and maybe a few pictures to add appeal. What I discovered was an in-depth treatment of not only American books usually classified in the "exploitation" genre, but a wealth of material covering worldwide expansion of the genre. Speaking of genres, while the well researched material can easily be collected under the header of exploitation, the editors take it ...more
I.D.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tremendous look at hundreds of forgotten books, authors, and trends. Everything from satanic biker books to British soccer hooligan series to lesbian JD stories are featured. The biggest problem is there are so many hidden gems to track down inside that you could spend a fortune trying to collect everything. There’s some moralizing in the articles but it’s such an encyclopedic look that you can overlook it. Great book!
Sarah
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars alone just for all the covers, total blast from the past.
Susan Csoke
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully illustrated coffee table book for sure. A great conversation starter. Thank you Goodreads for this free book!!!!!
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