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Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties

Michael D. Dwyer


This book examines the explosion of Fifties nostalgia in Hollywood film and popular music from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. In these years, Hollywood produced a slew of nostalgia films and circulated old movies on VHS; oldies radio allowed record companies to mine their own past, while genres like punk and new wave resurrected old styles; and the film and music industries collaborated to bring Fifties nostalgia to Hollywood soundtrack albums and music videos. In large part, these films, albums, and videos were not directed toward aging Baby Boomers but American teenagers—a “Re-Generation ... More

Keywords: nostalgia, Fifties, Reagan Era, Re-Generation, pop music, music video, memory, 1970s, 1980s, postmodernism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199356836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael D. Dwyer, author
Assistant Professor of Media & Communication, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA