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The Great Funk

Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies

Thomas Hine

Sarah Crichton Books

In the sixties, as the nation anticipated the conquest of space, the defeat of poverty, and an end to injustice at home and abroad, no goal seemed beyond America's reach.
 
Then the seventies arrived--bringing oil shocks and gas lines, the disgrace and resignation of a president, defeat in Vietnam, terrorism at the 1972 Munich Olympics, urban squalor, bizarre crimes, high prices, and a bad economy. The country fell into a great funk.
 
But when things fall apart, you can take the fragments and make something fresh. Avocado kitchens and Earth Shoes may have been ugly, but they signaled new modes of seeing and being. The first generation to see Earth from space found ways to make life's everyday routines--eating, keeping warm, taking out the trash--meaningful, both personally and globally. And many decided to reinvent themselves.
 
In Populuxe, a "textbook of consumerism in the Push Button Age" (Alan J. Adler, Los Angeles Times), Thomas Hine scrutinized the looks and life of the 1950s and 1960s, revealing the hopes and fears expressed in that era's design. In the same way, The Great Funk: Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies maps a complex era by looking at its ideas, feelings, sex, fashions, textures, gestures, colors, demographic forces, artistic expressions, and other phenomena that shaped our lives. Hine gets into the shoes and heads of those who experienced the seventies--exploring their homes, feeling the beat of their music, and scanning the ads that incited their desires.
 
But The Great Funk is more than a lavish catalogue of seventies culture: it's a smart, informed, lively look at the "Me decade" through the eyes of the man House & Garden called "America's sharpest design critic."

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The Great Funk
RUNNING ON EMPTYIf you wanted a world that was orderly, where progress was guaranteed, the seventies were a terrible time to be alive. Cars were running out of gas. The country was running out of promise. A president was run out of office. And American troops were running out of Vietnam.Only a decade before, as the nation anticipated the conquest of space, the defeat of poverty, an end to racism, and a society where people moved faster and felt better than they ever had before, it seemed that there was nothing America couldn't do. Even the protestors of the sixties objected that
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Praise for Populuxe:
 
"Populuxe throws the reader into a wonderful time machine, conjuring up the mood of the day as well as its distinctive look . . . Mr. Hine's text is so lively and informative that Populuxe must surely stand as one of the most sprightly cultural histories to come along in a long time." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Thomas Hine

  • Thomas Hine writes on history, culture, and design. He is the author of five books, including Populuxe. From 1973 until 1996, he was the architecture and design critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he wrote a weekly column called "Surroundings." He has worked as an adviser for museums across the country and contributes frequently to magazines, including The Atlantic Monthly, Martha Stewart Living, and The Architectural Record. He lives in Philadelphia.
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The Great Funk

Falling Apart and Coming Together (on a Shag Rug) in the Seventies

Thomas Hine

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