- Full Description
The rise of postwar youth culture--including delinquents, bad girls and drugs--was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction--specifically, paperback cover art. New styles in music, fashion, and culture were shadowed in cover designs, hyping and exploiting kid's behavior, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. Featuring 400 full-color covers, a mix of both artwork and photos, many never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles. Some nudity, adult text.
With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society’s deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures. The book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers themselves, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote.
The titles alone tell quite the tale: Rockabilly, The Hippy Cult Murders, The Golden Spike, Rumble at the Housing Project, Teen-Age Jungle, The Devil's Rider, The Girl in the Telltale Bikini, Hippie Doctor, Tough Kid from Brooklyn, Hoodlum, The Rebels, In Too Deep, The Little Caesars, Jailbait Jungle, Monkey on my Back, Gang Girl etc.
This is very well organized, with a long list of series writers who have contributed essays in each of their specialities. The chapters begin with Teenage Jungle: Pulp Fiction's Juvenile Delinquents , then moves on to Beat Girls and Real Cool Cats: 1960s Beats and Bohemians, Love Tribes: Hippies and the Pulp Fiction of the Late-1960s and Early-1970s Counterculture, and on to Groupies and Immortals: Pulp Fiction Music Novels, Wheels of Death: Pulp Biker and Motorcycle Gangs, Cult of Violence: 1960s British Youthsploitation Novels, and finally to Outsiders: Late 1960s and Early-1970s American Pulp and the Rise of the Teen Novel.
Each chapter is broken into sub-sections, with actual excerpts from four or more primary books. These include Hot Lips by Jack Hanley, The Drop Out by Hugh Miller, The High Side by Max Ehrlich (with a rare cover by Frank Frazetta), Gang Girls by Maisie Mosco, High School Pusher by Jack W. Thomas, and Dress Her in Indigo by John D. MacDonald.
A must-read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subculture style, and the history of postwar youth culture.
- Additional Information
Item Code GIRLG Publisher PM Press Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9781629634388 Adult Rating Mature Readers Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 8x10 # Pages 336pg Color Full Color