Synopses & Reviews
Punch line. Political statement. Conversation piece. Souvenir. From the campaign trail to the rock tour, buttons tell a people's history of American culture and politics, and this book-the first of its kind-collects the best of them. Organized chronologically, the book begins in 1896-the year buttons were invented-and traces 120 years of defining moments and movements in U.S. history, both large and small, and illustrates how these events were graphically represented, argued, and celebrated through buttons.
From the campaign trail to the rock tour, Button Power
collects a people's history of American culture told through the pin-back button. Lively commentary from two of America's foremost button experts shows how the small but powerful button reveals the events and movements that outraged, amused, and inspired us over time, from the solo flight of Charles Lindbergh to the Black Power movement.
Artists, athletes, actors, politicians, punk and pop musicians, and mascots of the past 125 years make cameos, including Rube Goldberg, Muhammad Ali, the Ramones, Shirley Chisholm, Maratona the Snake Handler, and Ray Stevens, singer of "The Streak." The first book of its kind, Button Power is a rich visual feast. Each colorful spread chronicles defining moments in history through colorful photographs and artifacts. This collection will be an essential pick for fans of pop culture, visual culture, and design.