Alt. Culture: An A-To-Z Guide to the '90S-Underground, Online, and Over-The-Counter

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Covering nearly one thousand icons of alternative culture, an authoritative guide is arranged in an A-to-Z format that discusses everything from music and politics to drugs and technology. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour.

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An AbFab-to-'zines encyclopedia of youth culture in the Nineties -- underground, online, and over-the-counter. This is an authoritative, comprehensive guide -- including URLs! -- to the sociology of Generation X.

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America in the 1990s is witnessing the biggest youth culture gold rush since the '60s. By 1992 a series of seismic events registered: Generation X, Nirvana, Slacker, and Lollapalooza sent shock waves into the mainstream media and turned the spotlight on a whole network of thriving subcultures, from comics to raves to body-modification. In alt.culture, Steven Daly and Nathaniel Wice have created a Dictionary of Cultural Literacy for our times; the ideas and fashions, the heroes and villains that have shaped a generation.

While documenting the tribes, trends, and technologies that flavor the '90s, alt.culture also covers characters and events that aren't necessarily youthful or "alternative." For better or worse, the disparate likes of Calvin Klein, Keanu Reeves, Sega, 40oz. malt liquor, and Noam Chomsky are each part of the youth culture consciousness. alt.culture examines such subjects in this context.

alt.culture is the first non-computer book to treat the Internet as a fact of life. Most of the 900-plus entries are accompanied by online addresses where the reader can obtain more information or opinions, or argue the merits of any given subject.

In addition to the more than 900 concise entries, alt.culture contains 13 bylined essays on some of the key cultural phenomena of the last few years. Topics including punk and MTV, spirituality, heroin, dancehall reggae, and political correctness are all given special attention in an essay.

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