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Swingin' Chicks of the 60's Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Cedco Publishing Company (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0768322324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0768322323
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For some reason Amazon.com lists me (the author, Chris Strodder) as having written the Foreword to this book. I didn't write the Foreword. Angie Dickinson, the famous actress, wrote the Foreword. I wrote the book. For a long time I've tried to correct this through Amazon.com, but for some reason they're unable to fix it, so I'm just adding this note as clarification.

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You see: proof positive that I really was there!
J. Arena
A great chick book that even some chicks will enjoy - if only to marvel over the fashions.
Cowboy Buddha
I love this kicky, colorful tribute to fabulous 60's chicks.
Lara J. Starr

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kitten With a Whip on September 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
I remember looking at the author's Swingin' Chicks of the 60's web site in '98, and thinking, Man, this would make a great book, if it was handled right. This book has not only been handled right, it's been handled superbly.
The packaging and design of this book, a little over 200 pages, is perfect (hey, it's got Ann-Margret on the cover, so to me at least, it's perfect)- colorful, with those groovy 60's flowers all inside and out. It's also a great price for a paperback of coffee-table book quality. I may sound like a pimp saying that, but take a look at what other books of the same quality and size cost and you'll appreciate it.
Each chick has such a nice section devoted to them that if you're only really into, say, Barbara Eden and Julie Newmar, it's worth picking up just for that... and you'll probably find yourself reading the rest of the book anyway, discovering chicks you never knew about, or chicks you had only seen before but never found out their name. You liked that chick in the Elvis Movie Spinout , the tomboy drummer who fell for him? Here's everything you ever wanted to know about Deborah Walley (filed under "the beach girls" section of the book).
Nearly all of them get a two page spread.
Each swingin' chick's section includes photos (some of the chicks actually loaned the author personal photos from their collection) most in color, Her Swingin' 60's Credentials (briefly explaining why they've been included in the book), Workin' It, (describing their career) behind the scenes (their personal life) and important dates in the 60's for each chick. It also includes my favorite to read, Her 60's Look, describing their personal style.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cowboy Buddha on May 30, 2002
Format: Paperback
Who says nostalgia ain't what it used to be? This book is a heart-warming experience for a survivor of the so-called Love Generation. It reinforces cherished memories that the Sixties was an era in which girls could be girls (or even chicks) and you could even get away with calling them that.
This book is not politically correct - and all the better for it. My only complaint is that it's not bigger. But the hundred chicks who grace its pages are treated with the worshipful respect they so richly deserve: colour illustrations, biographical notes, anecdotes - just about all you would want to know about such icons as Raquel Welch, Julie Christie, Natalie Wood, Twiggy, Britt Ekland, Ann-Margret, to name but a few.
The book is divided into categories and tends to rather heavily favour American girls, which is slightly unfortunate as the Sixties was the first truly international decade when it came to things like entertainment and glamour. And a couple of descriptions seem to be stretching a point - Jacqueline Bisset as a Bond Girl, for example, or Elizabeth Taylor as a British Babe. And everyone will have a few favourites who are not included - Charlotte Rampling, Susannah York, Gina Lollobrigida. Perhaps Chris Strodder is saving them for Volume Two. I hope so because this is a wonderful book - both for those of us who remember the Sixties and others who wish they had been there. And possibly also for those who were there but can't remember it.
A great chick book that even some chicks will enjoy - if only to marvel over the fashions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lara J. Starr on November 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love this kicky, colorful tribute to fabulous 60's chicks. The photos are great fun, and the information is so detailed. I learned a lot about ladies I was already familiar with, and was introduced to some amazing stories, such as Chris Noel--a starlet who gave up her career to devote herself to entertaining vets in Viet Nam. It was also great to read that so many of the women went on to brilliant careers as writers, producers or businesswomen. There are very few "crash-and-burn" stories. This book is great for any one who loves the 60's, entertainment history, or powerful stories about great women.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful exploration of the "Groovy" girls of the 60's, now elevated to "Swingin' Chicks" status by the author! (Why does that sound like something Frank would have said -- or sung?)

Gee, I seem to meet all the criteria that would entitle me to being immortalized by Chris Stodder. But, maybe that's because I'm so old I actually remember the 60's. Wait a minute, that might only be a flashback. You see: proof positive that I really was there!

However, I am willing to forgive Mr. Stodder, toast his fine accomplishment with bong water, and add his truly Groovy book to my collection.

It's a happenin' thing. Love you, babe.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Groovin' guy VINE VOICE on August 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
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This book follows a great format.

The clothes are really different.

I miss girls in dresses. The hair styles and all those false lashes add more charm to these girls. The "mods" and the "dolls".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Patton on November 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
Chris Strodder's "Swingin' Chicks of the 60's" is a well-researched, fact-filled and very humourous trip down memory lane. Even if you don't remember the 60's or know all 101 of the girls, this book is for you. Strodder gives the 60's lowdown on the careers and lives of these women but also fully chronicles their lives from their early beginnings to what they are doing today. The book includes the big names you'd expect to see like Marilyn Monroe, Ann-Margret, Cher and Twiggy but also includes models Veruschka and Edie Sedgwick, singers Nico and Joey Heatherton and TV stars Barbara Feldon and Angela Cartwright (the author's first crush and the inspiration for his web-site). Many of these swingin' chicks have lived the 60's ideal that one person can indeed change the world for the better: Julie Newmar's political activism, Chris Noel's lifelong commitment to Vietnam Vets, Mary Tyler Moore's tireless work for the Diabetes Foundation, Tina Louise's school literacy programs and Cathy Rigby's involvement with the Special Olympics. This lively, informative book has chapters which include Beach Girls, Bond Beauties, Elvis Girls, Movie Stars of America, Britain and International, Songbird, TV Stars and even Cartoon Cuties. You'll discover the early careers of Carolyn Jones of TV's The Adams Family (Texas disc jockey) and Deborah Walley of Gidget fame (Ice Capades skater) while learning the secret behind Natalie Wood's ever-present bracelets (read the book!). The book is a large-format trade paperback with colorful graphics which capture the 60's look and the text is enhanced with over 300 photos. This book is a must-have for everyone!
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