- Hardcover: 196 pages
- Publisher: Prestel (January 24, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3791353497
- ISBN-13: 978-3791353494
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.9 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Cool Hardcover – January 24, 2014
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"Stunning photographs that explore the evolution of the word 'cool.'"
About the Author
Joel Dinerstein is the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization at Tulane University and the director of the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South. Frank H. Goodyear III is co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
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Just as elusive as a general definition is the inability of any two people to agree on who is cool. If you don’t believe it make a list of the 20 people you consider the coolest over the last 50 years and ask the person you feel most compatible with to do likewise. Before either of you says something you might later regret, purchase American Cool.
In American Cool, Joel Dinerstein and Frank H. Goodyear have not only defined this ever-changing term but have also compiled a list of the 100 coolest Americans. Dinerstein has provided background sketches for a majority of the individuals selected for the book, as well as cogent essays that trace how cool has been defined, altered and applied across the decades, from Lester Young to Jay-Z. Dinerstein has formulated a four-part rubric used to determine the “Cool 100” that will no doubt be of great service to future generations of cultural historians
Goodyear, former curator of photographs at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, contributes captions for 30 of the subjects as well as a thoughtful essay explaining the role photography and photographers have played in capturing and asserting the icons of cool.
Some of the best captions describing an individual’s cool come from those who were directly influenced by them, such as bandleader Eddie Condon writing that Bix Beiderbecke’s cornet sounded “like a girl saying yes,” or Bob Dylan’s declaration that “Hearing [Elvis] for the first time was like busting out of jail.”
The selection and presentation of stunning imagery and informative text affect the viewer in ways similar to great individual works of art, challenging us to reconsider our assumptions.
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