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The Guide to United States Popular Culture Hardcover – June 15, 2001


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In the preface to this hefty guide, the editors define popular culture as "the way of life in which and by which most people in any society live." More than 1600 entries written by 500 contributors help explain and provide context for mostly 20th-century American phenomena (Dilbert, Seinfeld, Woodstock music festival), inventions (breakfast cereals, TV dinners, Marvel comics), heroes (the Lone Ranger, disk jockey Cousin Brucie, athlete Michael Jordan), creative geniuses (composer Cole Porter, musician Frank Zappa, film director Spike Lee), pastimes (professional wrestling, National Public Radio, rodeo, stockcar racing), and fads (the Macarena, self-help literature, cult films such as the Rocky Horror Picture Show). Some overlapping and related content areas could have been better coordinated, cross-referenced, and indexed. For example, the entries about radio evangelists and televangelism were written by different contributors and not referenced to each other. Libraries that already own NTC's Dictionary of the United States (1999) or The Complete, Cross-Referenced Guide to the Baby Buster Generation's Collective Unconscious (LJ 3/1/98) will want to purchase this new reference tool because of its currency, breadth of coverage, and number of entries. Elizabeth Connor, Univ. of South Carolina Medical Lib., Charleston
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

In the preface to this hefty guide, the editors define popular culture as "the way of life in which and by which most people in any society live." More than 1600 entries written by 500 contributors help explain and provide context for mostly 20th-century American phenomena (Dilbert, Seinfeld, Woodstock music festival), inventions (breakfast cereals, TV dinners, Marvel comics), heroes (the Lone Ranger, disk jockey Cousin Brucie, athlete Michael Jordan), creative geniuses (composer Cole Porter, musician Frank Zappa, film director Spike Lee), pastimes (professional wrestling, National Public Radio, rodeo, stockcar racing), and fads (the Macarena, self-help literature, cult films such as the Rocky Horror Picture Show). Some overlapping and related content areas could have been better coordinated, cross-referenced, and indexed. For example, the entries about radio evangelists and televangelism were written by different contributors and not referenced to each other. Libraries that already own NTC's Dictionary of the United States (1999) or The Complete, Cross-Referenced Guide to the Baby Buster Generation's Collective Unconscious (LJ 3/1/98) will want to purchase this new reference tool because of its currency, breadth of coverage, and number of entries. Elizabeth Connor, Univ. of South Carolina Medical Lib., Charleston

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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