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The 1970s: The Decade Style Forgot [Hardcover]

Tracey Turner
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Book Description

2 Oct 2006
Mums in hot pants, Dads in 'far too close for comfort' figure-hugging white bell-bottoms, teenage girls in velour jumpsuits, and children subjected to cruel knitting experiments: oh yes, we remember the Seventies. And now with all the smugness of someone who has just managed to burn all photographic evidence of their own fashion mistakes, we can sit back and contemplate some of the outfits that were consciously selected and worn in public. We're not talking about dodgy-looking punks or TV gangsta's with aviator shades and wide lapels, they were retro-cool, these are the fashion misfits who were caught in a moment...and couldn't quite get out. Why did the 1970s become the decade that style forgot? Was it the comedown from all the drugs taken during the Sixties? Did one person's madness become a case of the Emperor's new clothes? Muse on these fundamental questions as you sit back and enjoy this tribute to one of fashion's bleakest, but certainly most entertaining, periods.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prion Books Ltd (2 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853756008
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853756009
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 16.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 505,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracey Turner is a writer and book editor. She lives in London. Her previous publications include Do You Come Here Often? A Failure's Guide to Flirting and Office Wit & Wisdom (both Prion).

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not much content 4 Nov 2010
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I read the rave reviews about this book but it is a bit disappointing really. Pictures accompanied by very short mildly witty comments and that's it. It does take you right back to the 70's but only for about 5 minutes which is the time it took for me to read it cover to cover. I got it to supplement a 50th birthday gift but it looks like I only spent £1.99. I paid £5.52 as opposed to the full price of £9.99, but still I think I paid too much for what it is. I wouldn't recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So funny 27 Aug 2010
By Dipsy
This book is so funny, I couldn't stop laughing after flicking through it. I bought it as a gift for a friend's 40th birthday. It brought back so many memories of fashions and items (my mum had a hooded / handbag style hairdryer just like the one in the picture!)that I've bought another copy for myself. Recommended to cheer you up on a gloomy grey day, especially if you were growing up in the 70s.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Abysmal 15 Jun 2013
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It's hard to imagine how to get such an easy target wrong... but this book does it in spades! Looking suspiciously like the majority of material has been plucked from the most obscure catalogues that even the un-hippest individual alive during the seventies would never have seen - even in a Dentist's waiting room, or is it simply going to a cheap photo-bank and pulling some tragic images that might have been made during the seventies, but definitely don't represent it.
I dislike being so negative about any work which someone undertakes, but this is a truly abysmal piece of work and about as funny as a famine [unless you're a cognitively impaired six year old... and even then, I suspect they'd complain]. Toe-curlingly bad and mind-bogglingly devoid of any kind of amusing or witty observations unless you're one of these people who think that any image from the past is hilariously amusing compared to the contemporary world [do I have to explain how stupid most of our currents fashions will look in a few years? Hopefully not].
An absolute waste of money and robbed me of ten minutes of my life I could have utilised more usefully and pleasantly by having some root canal work done without anaesthetic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars b 25 Dec 2012
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great picture book that is a useful tool for the historical facts in setting a play in that era with relevgance to the clothing
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