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The Rockabillies (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places)

Jennifer Greenburg

Verlag: Center for American Places, 2010
ISBN 10: 1930066996 / ISBN 13: 9781930066991
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Titel: The Rockabillies (Center for American Places...

Verlag: Center for American Places

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Hardcover

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: "Jennifer Greenburg's photographs transport viewers to a time and placeAmerica in the 1950sthat largely exists in our collective imagination. Yet she has found a distinctive subculture of people which resurrects this time and makes it their reality, bringing not only the tiki prints, saddle shoes, and other visual markers into the twenty-first century, but also the social norms, taboos, and gender roles of this post-World War II era.The Rockabilliesis a fascinating study of the significant impact material culture and design have on the way we live."Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_1930066996

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Elvis Presley. Pompadours. Black-and-white creeper shoes. Cuffed jeans. And a little bit of James Dean rebellion. These are just some of the ingredients of the modern Rockabilly style. Despite being generations removed from the original Rockabillies of the 1950s,  today?s Rockabilly subculture has adopted the look?the slick-backed hair or the Betty Paige bangs?and the sound?from Carl Perkins to Buddy Holly?of mid-twentieth century American youth culture.


In Rockabillies, photographer Jennifer Greenburg offers a visual tour of a unique global subculture and her own place within it. The individuals her photographs capture are examples of the rockabilly scene, having fully embraced the aesthetic values of teens in the 1950s.  What intrigues Greenburg is that these contemporary Rockabillies choose to overlook the social and political realities of the time period they adore and emulate. The subculture today has become a hybrid of texts and images?frequently taken out of context?from an era that saw race riots, cultural upheaval, and little hope for middle-class advancement. Few, if any, members of the Rockabilly culture would actually want to live in the post-war era; rather, the imagery and ideals have been adapted to serve a wistful interpretation of that time. As well, contemporary Rockabillies are not interested in historic preservation, but its members rarely stray from established fashion archetypes.


Through her photographs, Greenburg brings light to this unusual subculture and investigates its contradictory relationship to the American past.


Über den Autor: Jennifer Greenburg completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her MFA from the University of Chicago. Her work is featured in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Rose Gallery in California, among others.

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