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Cruisin': Car Culture in Americaby Michael Karl Witzel
Synopses & Reviews
Spilled french fries, stoplight flirting, and endless trips up and down the same streets are all part of that four-wheeled rite of passage for an American teen: Cruisin'. If you question why it's done, you're a parent, and if you think it's essential, you're an experienced hand behind the wheel. Yet yesteryear's cruisers are today's parents, and they'll delight in the colorful, nostalgic look at the action on Main Street presented in Cruisin'.
Everything that made up a Friday night of cruisin' is covered here, including drive-in restaurants, gas stations, cool cars, youthful fashions and music of decades gone by, and of course, the people. Joe Cool behind the wheel with an arm around his girlfriend; lead-foots cooling it in the parking lot; giggling girls and letter-jacket jocks — they're all here, along with memorabilia from all the stops on a night's cruise.
Lively text examines all aspects of this universal pastime, including the cars, the rise of youth culture, street racing, drive-ins, cruisers versus the law, Detroit's role, "classic" cruising venues like Detroit's Woodward Avenue, popular culture and more. It is illustrated with historical new photos and features a dozen specially commissioned artwork by well-known automotive illustrator Ken Bash. 200 photos, 150 in color.
Put on your chinos, comb back your hair, hop in your deuce coupe, crank up the radio, and prepare to cruise! This light-hearted look back at the social and cultural activity spawned by the automobile is filled with historical photographs, new color photos and specially commissioned artwork by artist Kent Bash. A lively text examines all aspects of this popular pasttime, including classic cruising venues like Detroits Woodward Avenue, street racing, cruisers versus the law, popular music, cinema and television.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 156-158) and index.
About the Author
Mike Witzel is the award-winning author of more than two dozen books, including the MBI bestsellers Route 66 Remembered, The American Gas Station, The American Diner, and, most recently, Legendary Route 66. He has appeared on Discovery Channel’s World’s Top Ten Fast Food Restaurants and Tailfins and Drive-ins; Food Network¢s Unwrapped: Drive-In Restaurants; and History Channel’s American Eats: History on a Bun.
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