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It's hard to imagine that the cool could ever go out of style. After all, cool is style. Isn't it? And it may be harder to imagine a world where people no longer aspire to coolness. In this intriguing cultural history, nationally acclaimed author Ted Gioia shows why cool is not a timeless concept and how it has begun to lose meaning and fade into history. Gioia deftly argues that what became iconic in the 1950s with Miles Davis, James Dean, and others has been manipulated, stretched, and pushed to a breaking point — not just in our media, entertainment, and fashion industries, but also by corporations, political leaders, and social institutions.

Tolling the death knell for the cool, this thought-provoking book reveals how and why a new cultural tone is emerging, one marked by sincerity, earnestness, and a quest for authenticity.

Review:

"'We're through being cool,' Devo announced back in 1981, and Gioia contends that the rest of America has slowly caught up. Describing 'cool' as a set of 'beliefs, values, and behavior patterns' rooted in the personal and musical styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Miles Davis (with a healthy dose of Bugs Bunny), Gioia argues that while their ironic detachment once held sway, earnestness has made its way back on top. His narrative history of cool hits intriguing touchstones, such as Lee Strasberg and Frank Sinatra, while a time line appendix provides even more cultural referents — for the new sincerity as well, culminating with the arrival of Susan Boyle and Twitter. At times his explanations for how 'trendy loses out to homespun' can be reductive, as when he offers the boom in motivational self-help books for teen readers as evidence of a postcool generation. Sometimes it's downright confusing: anime and manga are presented as 'quintessentially uncool' with only the barest of explanations. Gioia's conversational tone breezes through such rough patches, however, and though one might welcome more historical context for the long-running tension between cool and uncool as coexisting movements in American culture, he's at least zeroed in on a major shift in the balance between the two." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Describing 'cool' as a set of; beliefs, values, and behavior patterns; rooted in the personal and musical styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Miles Davis (with a healthy dose of Bugs Bunny)." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Like Dim Sum for the intellectually curious and literary-minded, Gioia's chronicle of the birth and death of cool samples a variety of genres and disciplines." ForeWord Magazine

Synopsis:

Best-selling author takes a look at the rise and fall of "cool" as a cultural phenomenon.

Synopsis:

“Describing 'cool' as a set of ;beliefs, values, and behavior patterns; rooted in the personal and musical styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Miles Davis (with a healthy dose of Bugs Bunny).”—Publishers Weekly

“Like Dim Sum for the intellectually curious and literary-minded, Gioia's chronicle of the birth and death of cool samples a variety of genres and disciplines.”—ForeWord Magazine

“A sign of the worth of Gioia´s book is that it is hard to summarize... Gioia has an extremely interesting thesis and, if he is correct, the impact of these changes will be very substantial in the entertainment industry, mass marketing, and consumer behaviour. Time will tell whether Gioia´s argument will bear out, until then it is well worth reading and keeping in mind.”—Jazz Times

It's hard to imagine that "the cool" could ever go out of style. After all, cool is style. Isn't it? And it may be harder to imagine a world where people no longer aspire to coolness. In this intriguing cultural history, nationally acclaimed author Ted Gioia shows why cool is not a timeless concept and how it has begun to lose meaning and fade into history. Gioia deftly argues that what became iconic in the 1950s with Miles Davis, James Dean, and others has been manipulated, stretched, and pushed to a breaking point—not just in our media, entertainment, and fashion industries, but also by corporations, political leaders, and social institutions. Tolling the death knell for the cool, this thought-provoking book reveals how and why a new cultural tone is emerging, one marked by sincerity, earnestness, and a quest for authenticity.

Ted Gioia has published six highly acclaimed books. Gioia's The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post and was a notable book of the year in The New York Times. He is also the author of Delta Blues, Work Songs, and West Coast Jazz. Visit him at www.tedgioia.com.

About the Author

Ted Gioia is a musician and author, and has published six highly acclaimed books. Gioia's The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year in the Washington Post, and was a notable book of the year in the New York Times. He is also author of Delta Blues, Work Songs, and West Coast. Visit www.tedgioia.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933108315
Author:
Gioia, Ted
Publisher:
Speck Press
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Jazz musicians -- United States.
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 19 oz

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Music » Genres and Styles » Jazz » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'We're through being cool,' Devo announced back in 1981, and Gioia contends that the rest of America has slowly caught up. Describing 'cool' as a set of 'beliefs, values, and behavior patterns' rooted in the personal and musical styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Miles Davis (with a healthy dose of Bugs Bunny), Gioia argues that while their ironic detachment once held sway, earnestness has made its way back on top. His narrative history of cool hits intriguing touchstones, such as Lee Strasberg and Frank Sinatra, while a time line appendix provides even more cultural referents — for the new sincerity as well, culminating with the arrival of Susan Boyle and Twitter. At times his explanations for how 'trendy loses out to homespun' can be reductive, as when he offers the boom in motivational self-help books for teen readers as evidence of a postcool generation. Sometimes it's downright confusing: anime and manga are presented as 'quintessentially uncool' with only the barest of explanations. Gioia's conversational tone breezes through such rough patches, however, and though one might welcome more historical context for the long-running tension between cool and uncool as coexisting movements in American culture, he's at least zeroed in on a major shift in the balance between the two." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Describing 'cool' as a set of; beliefs, values, and behavior patterns; rooted in the personal and musical styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Miles Davis (with a healthy dose of Bugs Bunny)."
"Review" by , "Like Dim Sum for the intellectually curious and literary-minded, Gioia's chronicle of the birth and death of cool samples a variety of genres and disciplines."
"Synopsis" by ,
Best-selling author takes a look at the rise and fall of "cool" as a cultural phenomenon.
"Synopsis" by ,

“Describing 'cool' as a set of ;beliefs, values, and behavior patterns; rooted in the personal and musical styles of Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young and Miles Davis (with a healthy dose of Bugs Bunny).”—Publishers Weekly

“Like Dim Sum for the intellectually curious and literary-minded, Gioia's chronicle of the birth and death of cool samples a variety of genres and disciplines.”—ForeWord Magazine

“A sign of the worth of Gioia´s book is that it is hard to summarize... Gioia has an extremely interesting thesis and, if he is correct, the impact of these changes will be very substantial in the entertainment industry, mass marketing, and consumer behaviour. Time will tell whether Gioia´s argument will bear out, until then it is well worth reading and keeping in mind.”—Jazz Times

It's hard to imagine that "the cool" could ever go out of style. After all, cool is style. Isn't it? And it may be harder to imagine a world where people no longer aspire to coolness. In this intriguing cultural history, nationally acclaimed author Ted Gioia shows why cool is not a timeless concept and how it has begun to lose meaning and fade into history. Gioia deftly argues that what became iconic in the 1950s with Miles Davis, James Dean, and others has been manipulated, stretched, and pushed to a breaking point—not just in our media, entertainment, and fashion industries, but also by corporations, political leaders, and social institutions. Tolling the death knell for the cool, this thought-provoking book reveals how and why a new cultural tone is emerging, one marked by sincerity, earnestness, and a quest for authenticity.

Ted Gioia has published six highly acclaimed books. Gioia's The History of Jazz was selected as one of the twenty best books of the year in The Washington Post and was a notable book of the year in The New York Times. He is also the author of Delta Blues, Work Songs, and West Coast Jazz. Visit him at www.tedgioia.com.

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