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Introduction to Popular Culture

Popular Culture and Social Change
The Gilded Age of American Civilization
Hollywood and Cultural Imperialism
Art and Escapism
The Rise of the Sports
The Pleasures of Vacation Touring
Popular Culture and Leisure
Entertainment, Industry and Politics

1900 – 1914 The Consumer Society

Learning to Buy

— The Culture of Consumption
— Buying Credit System
— Evolution of Department Store
1900’s Women: Fashionable Playhouses
Luxury and SeverityB Underwear and Outwear
Poirot and Avant-Garde Fashion

Entertainment in the City

The Press and City Life
— The Origins of the Skycraper
— The Rise of Advertising
— Foundation of Hollywood
— First Movie Theaters: Nickelodeons
— Early European Film
— The First Hollywood Stars: Doughas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford
— Ragtime and Dance: Popular New Steps

Sports: The British Inheritance

British School Sports Tradition
International Sporting Events
Women and Sports: Direct Challenge to Men?
The Rise of Football and Spectator Sports

1914 – 1929 The Modernist World

Cathedrals of Pleasure

The Rise of Hollywood
European and German Cinema at the Twenties
The Coming of Sound
Russian Revolutionary Cinema
The Success of Griffith and Aitken

Celebrity and Modern Life

The Advertisement Era
Radio, Television and Media
BBC Public Service vs. American Culture
Two New Magazines: Saturday Evening Post and Time
Sports and Mass Media
Babe Ruth and Red Grange
Women in Sports: Suzanne Lenglen and Others

The Jazz Age

Paul Whiteman Enters American Scene
Prohibition and the Jazz Age
Jazz: I Was Born with Music Inside Me
Jazz, Blues and Black Audience
White Popular Music
Fashion and Modernity
Chanel Creations: Fashion for the Wealthy
The New Woman and the Twenties

1929 – 1945 The Glamor Years

Streamlined Style

Modern Industrial Buildings, Automotive Giants
Modern Technology and Its Efficiency in 1930s
The Fashion and Hollywood Glamor
Filming Images of Women
Makeup and Cosmetics: Women Movie Stars as Role Models
Word Jazz

Crooners and Swing

Wall Street Crash in 1929
Bing Crosby’s Sweet Music for Poor America
Radio Music at Home and Dance Halls
V for Victory

The Studio System in Hollywood

The Dominance of the Big Five Hollywood Studios
Gangster Movies in the 1930’s
National Film Traditions
Nationalism in the Cinema
Film and War Propaganda
Soviet and Nazi Cinema

Sports and Nationalism

Depression Era and Sports
Alternatives to Conventional Sports
The Nazi Olympics

1945 – 1960 Suburban Dream

Style and the Home

Christian Dior: The New Look
Fashion, Film Noir and Romance
Evolution of the Fashion Styles
The Reappearance of Youth Fashions
American Dream: Suburban Life Design
The Promotion of Lifestyle
1950s Cars: Dream Machines
Fashion Illustration
Beatniks Generation in San Francisco
Advertising for Men: Cigarette Advertisements
Japanese Design in the 1950s

The Emergence of the Teenager

Discovering the Teenagers
Billboard, Melody Maker and Rhythm & Blues
The Birth of Rock’n’ Roll and Arrival of Elvis Presley
Rock Music, Jukeboxes and Top 40 Programming

Screens, Large and Small

Hollywood and the Cold War
Switching on to Television
TV Dramas and Variety Shows
CinemaScope: Hollywood’s Response to Television
Cinema’s Heroes and Families
Drive-in Cinemas
Film Outside Hollywood
Marilyn, The Dream Woman

1960 – 1973 The Revolution of Youth

Swinging Sixties

Fashion for the Youth
Paris and London Effects in Sixties Fashion
Fashion and the Counter-Culture
Fashion Photographers
Design and Ephemerality
The “Good Design” Movement
The Alternative Design Movement

The Networks and the New Wave

Hollywood Faces Disaster
The New Youth Audience in the Sixties
Art Cinema and the New Wave
Television in the Sixties
Vietnam: Bringing the War Home
Radio Luxembourg and 60’s “Pirate Stations”
American Television and the Wider World

Music Can Change the World

The Folk Revival
The Protest Movement in the Sixties
Popular Culture in Britain
Here Comes Beatlemania!
British Beat Conquers the World
California Dreamin’
Rocking Round the World
Soul and Tamla Motown
Rock Festivals: Woodstock, Live Aid

Special Features

Vaudeville and Music Hall
Charles Lindberg: The Challenge of the Air
The New York World’s Fair
Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Disneyland
Coca Cola: The Real Thing
The Royal Family and the Media
The Light Fantastic