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Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age

Stanley C. Pelkey and Anthony Bushard


Familiar entertainment icons, stories, and signs from the 1950s and 1960s continue to resonate within contemporary American society and culture. Both the political Left and Right invoke the events and memories of those decades, celebrating or condemning the competing social forces embodied in and unleashed during those years. In recent decades, the entertainment industry has capitalized on this trend with films and television shows that often look back on the 1950s and 1960s with a mixture of nostalgia and criticism.

Keywords: Fifties and Sixties, America, Anxiety, Film, Television, Suburbia, Soundtrack, Conformity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936151
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936151.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley C. Pelkey, editor
Roberts Wesleyan College

Anthony Bushard, editor
The University of Nebraska - Lincoln