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New York 1985 Wraps First edition. 1st printing. Good. Ex-library. Clear plastic over covers, bordered by black cloth tape, qtr-inch. Clean interior; bright covers. Library ... reinforced card covers, w/ B&W 'Life' portrait of Clark in 45rpm style style record; magenta & green within grayscale dance scene, purple border. 235 p. 8.5x11in. Audience: General/trade. American Studies / Music / Recording Industry: The iconic pioneering TV show with ordinary teen-agers dancing to popular music, often with guest star performers on stage, made its network debut in 1957, with Dick Clark as creator and host. Numerous B&W with some color photos and spot color design use, this book represents teens and most genres of popular music over 30 years of the 20th century. Tables: "Top 100 Chart Songs Performed and Other Important Appearances on American Bandstand" by year in sections. Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Still on the air after 28 years, Clark's American Bandstand, TV's first rock music show, has presented 10,000 performances. This in-depth chronicle of those shows is divided into decadesfrom the '50s to the '80swith each decade/chapter subdivided into sections on ``The Music,'' ``The Kids'' (with special emphasis on the '50s teens who were dance regulars), ``The Dancing,'' ``The Fashions,'' ``The Fans'' and ``Top 100 Chart Songs'' (year-by-year from 1957 to 1984). Fans of the show will not be disappointed with this detailed compendium, packed with interviews, nostalgic photos of people and memorabilia (from a Dick Clark doll to a Fabian sweater tag). Even non-viewers will find the book a remarkable documentation of changing trends in American popular culture. November
Library Journal
TV and rock 'n' roll grew up together in the 1950s, and anyone who was a teenager in those years became a product of both. American Bandstand originated in 1952 as a local dance show. Dick Clark became host in 1956, the program went national in 1957, and it is still being seen today. A major focus of teen culture until the British Invasion in 1964, it hosted the network debuts of such stars as Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry, the Supremes, and the Doors. The book is divided into chapters by decade, then subdivided into sections on the music, the kids, the dances, and the clothing and hairstyles. Detailed charts list the top songs and performers featured through the years. This book will appeal primarily to those who were part of the culture it reflects. Collections with Dick Clark's Rock, Roll, and Remember (1978) probably can skip. Daniel J. Lombardo, Jones Lib., Amherst, Mass.
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YA This gem of a book gives readers a glimpse into the music, fashion, and life styles of young adults from the '50s to the '80s. Interviews with American Bandstand regulars like Bob and Justine are included. Each decade comes alive because of the skillful fusion of facts, interviews, song lists, and lavish black-and-white and color photos. A collection of Americana that is sure to be enjoyed by Bandstand fans as well as young adults interested in pop music and culture. John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, Va.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345317223
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1985
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 220

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