FIFTIES
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Fashions,
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Bibliography

See Also
Recommendations:

TV Books
Music Books
Pop Culture Books
Elvis Books
Lucy Books & CDs
Western Books


Many books were used in the creation of this site. Some are listed here. Quite a few are now out of print. But not to worry I have included links to Amazon.com where you can find most of them.

Bibliography Sections:
GENERAL FIFTIES & HISTORY
CULTURE AND STYLE
TELEVISION
MUSIC





GENERAL FIFTIES & HISTORY
The Fifties
by David Halberstam
Great overview of the decade. This book was made into a 6 part documentary
The Glory and the Dream: A Narrative History of America, 1932-1972
by William Manchester
Chock full of interesting details. A nice look at recent American history done in narrative style.
The Tumultuous Fifties: A View from the New York Times Photo Archives
by Douglas Dreishpoon, Alan Trachtenberg, Luc Sante (Contributor), Nancy Weinstock (Contributor)
Really wonderful pictures!!
The American Dream: The 50's (Our American Century)
from Time-Life Books Editors
As always, Time-Life does a bang-up job of recreating a decade. Using both text and pictures, this books gives the reader a good feel for those days.
When the Going Was Good ! American Life in the Fifties
byJeffrey Hart
A nice addition to the library
From Elvis to E-mail
Trends, Events, and Trivia from the Postwar Era to the End of the Century
by Paul Dickson
A good sketch of many years, not just Fifties.
Cars of the 1960s A Fabulous resource,
lots of research and great pictures
Cars of the Fabulous '50s Another great resource,
some of the same editors, really in depth

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CULTURE AND STYLE
The 1950's
(Fashion Sourcebooks)

by John Peacock
A good general overview
Fashions of a Decade: The 1950s
by Patricia Baker
One of a series. Many color pics.
Fifty Years of Fashion: New Look to Now
by Valerie Steele
An amazing chronology of fashion
New York Fashion
by Caroline Rennolds Milbank
A very complete list of the designers of this century
The Long and Short of It: The Madcap History of the Skirt
by Ali Basye
Short, sweet and fun, full of cute illustrations
The 50's
(20th Century Pop Culture)

by Dan Epstein
Movies, tunes, fads, celebs...pretty much everything.
Celebrating American Food: A Food Lover's Compendium of Events and Anecdotes, from Prehistory to the Present
by James Trager
I like this book. The narrative style takes you through an American history of food. More than 100 recipes and pics from the Library of Congress.
The Food Chronology
byJames Trager
Trivia nuts will have a feast. It's a bit disjointed but jam packed with information.
Fifties Style: Then and Now
by Richard Horn
Furniture, architecture, tableware...you name it. A great book.

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TELEVISION
Total Television : The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present (4th Ed)
by Alex McNeil
My favorite reference. I rely on this everyday. All the shows, even the rare or short-lived.
The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, Ed 7)
by Tim Brooks, Earle Marsh
Another excellent reference. 1363 pages.
Prime-Time Hits: Television's Most Popular Network Programs, 1950 to the Present
by Susan Sackett
From the 50s to the beginnings of the 90s. Good info on the big name shows.
The Best of 50s TV
by Michael McCall
Not many shows, but great pictures! A good addition to a library.
Television's Greatest Year: 1954
by Richard D. Heldenfels
Forward by Steve Allen. A narrative history.
Written Out of Television: A TV Lover's Guide to Cast Changes:1945-1994
by Steven Lance
Fascinating. Ever wonder why your favorite characters disappeared! this tells the story.
The Official Mickey Mouse Club Book
by Lorraine Santoli
A delightful book which will take you back.
Dick Clark's American Bandstand
by Dick Clark, Fred Bronson
His story.

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MUSIC
Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits
by Fred Bronson
My favorite reference. I rely on this everyday. Good information and song lists to 1994. Specialty lists as well.
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits
by Joel Whitburn
Another excellent reference. I have an older version but you might as well get the current edition.
The Billboard Book of Number One Hits
by Fred Bronson
Great, huge book. 912 pages.
Billboard Top 1000 Singles 1955-1996 : The 1000 Biggest Hits of the Rock Era
by Joel Whitburn
Another very handy little book.
Rock Archives: A Photographic Journey Through the First Two Decades of Rock and Roll
by Michael Ochs
Wonderful and rare pictures. Introduction by Peter Guralnick.
The Story of Rock `N' Roll: The Year-By-Year Illustrated Chronicle
by Paul Du Noyer
Year by year through the early 90s.
This Day in Rock: Day by Day Record of Rock's Biggest News Stories
by John Tobler
A wonderful day by day listing of Rock events.
Rock & Roll...And the Beat Goes On
by Cousin "Brucie" Morrow
A great in depth view from a real "insider".
Then, Now and Rare British Beat 1960-1969
by Terry Rawlings
Some unique stories and photos.
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Fashion
Slang
Sixties Fashion Burma Shave Celebrity Deaths Elvis TV Westerns

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