- 335 Pages
- Heavily Illustrated in B&W Photos
- Released: July 1, 2010
- Originally Released: 2010
- Publisher: Santa Monica Press
Description by OLDIES.com:
Celebrating a wide variety of pop culture touchstones from the past 40 years, this guide celebrates the music, movies, television, hobbies, and fads that defined recent generations. From the 1970s to the present day, this trip down memory lane describes the author's humorous, ironic, poignant, and inspiring moments with numerous pop culture icons - including Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jay Leno, Johnny Thunders, Edward Albee, John Cheever, and Milton Berle - as well as personal memories of the era's most famous pop-culture fads, products, and gimmicks, such as Pet Rocks, lava lamps, mood rings, eight-track tapes, Zotz, halter tops, and strawberry wine. Many famous locations of the past few decades also play a prominent role in this history, from the rock club CBGB and the classic arena Madison Square Garden to zany pop-culture landmarks such as the Brady Bunch house and Los Angeles' historic Ambassador Hotel, and, as a postscript to the original essay, many are revisited for an update to the original dispatch. From reminiscing with famous rock stars to sipping tea with the widow of a famous author, this nostalgic history is a delightful celebration of the zeitgeist of 20th-century popular culture.
In Hello, It’s Me, pop culture historian Chris Epting celebrates the cultural touchstones of the past 40 years?the music, movies, television, hobbies, and fads that have defined recent generations.
Whether it’s shooting hoops with NBA legend Elgin Baylor, drinking whiskey in a Radio City Music Hall broom closet with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart while thousands of fans scream from below, sharing a milkshake with Jerry Lewis, running into Alfred Hitchcock’s stomach as a young child, or jumping on a trampoline with Sally Struthers, Chris Epting takes us on his own strange trip through time, space and hula hoops.
Beginning in the 1970s and continuing through the 1980s, 1990s, and up to the present day, Epting writes about the humorous, ironic, poignant, and inspiring moments he’s experienced with a host of pop-culture icons?Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Jay Leno, Johnny Thunders, Edward Albee, John Cheever, Milton Berle, etc.?as well as his personal memories of the era’s most famous pop-culture fads, products, and gimmicks?Pet Rocks, lava lamps, mood rings, 8-track tapes, bootleg records, Zotz, halter tops, strawberry wine. . . .