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21st Century Retro: “Mad Men” and 1960s America in Film and Television by Debarchana Baruah (2021)

21st Century Retro: “Mad Men” and 1960s America in Film and Television by Debarchana Baruah (2021)

Revivals of cultural and retrospectively oriented tendencies in music, fashion and design have been around for a long time. Many contemporary American and European TV productions successfully revisit the 1940s, 1950s and very often the 1960s. The shows differ greatly in their amount of historical correctness and the many important events that influence the protagonists […]

Soft Electronics: Iconic Retro Designs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

Soft Electronics: Iconic Retro Designs from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s

With revolutionary design that met usability, the long sixties left their mark on product design, especially for home appliances and products for everyday use. The many items collected here in Soft Electronics, more than 100, their shape and functionality, notably if considered by their use of bright signal colors such as green, beaming orange, and […]

Marvel Comics Library. Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965 by Kurt Busiek and Kevin Feige (2022)

Marvel Comics Library. Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965 by Kurt Busiek and Kevin Feige (2022)

Merely six months after the last XXL version of the Marvel Comics Library edition – featuring Spiderman – arrived, Taschen is out to surprise us again. This time with an equally massive edition of the most powerful superheroes that joined forces and became THE AVENGERS. Again, the first 20 (!) comic books that feature the […]

Rock’n’Roll Plays Itself: A Screen History by John Scanlan (2022)

Rock’n’Roll Plays Itself: A Screen History by John Scanlan (2022)

When in the mid-1950s rock’n’roll as both commercial force and incarnation of teenage style invaded the charts and cinema screens, the new category was a bit too much for most common and well-aged (British and American) entertainment shows and representations on screen. In the early days, neither TV nor the film industry would grasp the […]