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▶ Stop Making Sense - Talking Heads - YouTube

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Considered by many to be the definitive 1980's concert film, "Stop Making Sense" captures the Talking Heads balancing their perfect mixture of art rock leanings with stadium rock chauvinism. Routinely cited for it's influence, "Stop Making Sense" stands as the hallmark for both the genre and the time period at hand.

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UFO Cover-Up?: Live! 1988 Full - YouTube

This television special reinvigorated the public's interest in the UFO phenomenon. It has credible cases and witnesses along with more dubious and silly parts.
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The craze of extraterrestrial life swept the public concise in the 1980's, serving as a both a source for imagination, fear, and entertainment. This semi forgotten expose is the perfect relic of a time in which the public's fascination with the subject reached a feverish high. 

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ELLE Flashback: 1987

ELLE Flashback: 1987 | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
A look back at the year that saw Dirty Dancing, Spaceballs, and “Lady in Red”
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This collection from ELLE magazine offers an already curated list of fashion spreads, product advertisements, and interviews that were in the magazine in the 1980s. ELLE magazine, a popular magazine for teenage girls, offers a glimpse into what was popular in the 1980s with this part of their target audience. This curated collection from ELLE offers a look back through fashion spreads.

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Newave!

Newave! | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it

a cThe very best from comicdom’s DIY/zine heyday! Just a few of the names included herein: Jeff Gaither, Michael Roden, Wayno, Artie Romero...

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Compiling from a canon that is both deep in diversity and expression, "Newave!" forges together a collection that consists of a number of the most renowned artists in this fringe artistic movement. Focusing on the world of 1980's Underground comics, this illustrative and essay heavy publication squares its aim to capture an art form that has been consistently rejected from the mainstream.

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BLUE VELVET - Trailer ( 1986 ) - YouTube

Trailer for David Lynch's film
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Considered by many to be the greatest achievement in post modern film, as well as the greatest film of the 1980's, David Lynch's 1986 masterpiece "Blue Velvet" is haunting portrait of the seething and depraved underground that lurks below the surface of a mundane suburban town. Continually lauded for it's artistic efforts, Blue Velvet is a definitive masterpiece, aswell as a bold statement for the then cinema of tomorrow.

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Electric Dreams - BBC Documentary - The 1980s - YouTube

Watch this amazing BBC Documentary to find out how technology evolved during 1980's. To watch the next episode(1990's) visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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A retro reminder of a transcendental time in both progression and consumerism, "Electric Dreams" delves into the massive advancement of technology in the 1980's. Produced by the BBC, this informative piece puts into the context the wavering optimism and strength that fueled the drive for a world in which the future is now.

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Tiffany - I Think We're Alone Now - YouTube

Music video by Tiffany performing I Think We're Alone Now. (C) 1987 Geffen Records
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This music video from 1987 has it all--malls, big hair, dancing, fashion, and catchy 80s pop music! Tiffany's hit, "I Think We're Alone Now" was toured in malls all over America and was especially popular with teen girls. The mall craze is captured in this video along with teen fashion, both on Tiffany and the fans featured in the video. Not only do we see the mall craze portrayed in this video, but Tiffany shows off some 80s-esque dance moves that mostly involve rigid bobbing back and forth. Consider this song for your 80s soundtrack and watch the music video for some inspiration!

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Do the Right Thing - YouTube

What begins as an uproarious comedy evolves into a provocative, disquieting drama as director Spike Lee chronicles trivial events that bring festering racial...
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This harrowing examination of race relations gone awry in late 80's Brooklyn is a hallmark in the canon of 80's cinema. Ranked in many lists as not only one of the greatest achievements in 1980's Independent Cinema, but for cinema as a whole. Here is the original Spike Lee film in all of it's glory.

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The Breakfast Club (1985)

The Breakfast Club (1985) | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Directed by John Hughes. With Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy. Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
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The Breakfast Club, seen as the ultimate 80s movie, can offer insight into fashion, cultural norms, and the way that teenagers were interacting with each other while also beginning to define themselves for the first time. This classic movie may be a great place to start for the 1980s novice and it can be a wonderful favorite to return to. 

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Action Figure Archive - A vintage 70s & 80s action figure collectors guide, online store & forums

Action Figure Archive - A vintage 70s & 80s action figure collectors guide, online store & forums | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Action Figure Archive is a collectors guide, online store and forums of loose vintage action figures from the 70s and 80s with pictures, classifieds, catalog scans, article submissions and more.
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This Action Figure Archive is great for anyone looking for props or writing about a particular figure a character might have. This site has a figure guide, a store, forums, links to eBay auctions, and a place to trade figures with other members. This site is the place to go for action figures from the 1980s. It even features toy catalogs with advertisements for individual toys. This site can be used for an array of functions, or just to find that action figure that you loved when you were a kid!

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Popular items for 80s prom dress on Etsy

Popular items for 80s prom dress on Etsy | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Shop outside the big box, with unique items for 80s prom dress from thousands of independent designers and vintage collectors on Etsy.
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Looking for an 80s prom dress to complete a particular scene? Etsy has a variety of prom dresses from the 1980s! This is a great site to search through different 80s styles and find one that matches what you're looking for. It's also a great place to get your fix of puffy sleeves!

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Acid Washed Jeans on Like Totally 80s

Acid Washed Jeans on Like Totally 80s | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Aah, the rough and acid-y look of demin stripped of its top layer of color. All the info on acid washed jeans and their apogee in the 80s.
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Anything involving the 80s isn't complete without some acid washed denim! This article discusses the popularity of acid washed jeans, the styles, and even links to a how-to for acid washing denim. This article also points out that the ultimate cool item to have was an acid washed denim jacket. Refer to this article for detailed info on 1980s acid wash style. 

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Trip through the 80s - The New Wave - YouTube

Great 80s Radio: http://www.thegreat80s.com/80s-Radio.html -- Song List: http://bit.ly/dkxFtv --- Love 80s music? Visit http://www.thegreat80s.com Video Desc...
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Though the 1980's featured a wide array of musical trends and artists, there is but few decades in which a broad stylistic commonality stretches among all of the various genre's. Weaving together multiple hits from the decades past, this video is both a great introduction and an excellent reminder of the 80's transgressive past.

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Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)

Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1) | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-Sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-ol...
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Published in 1986, Kristy's Great Idea was the first book in the Baby-Sitters Club series and it started a craze in juvenile fiction. The Baby Sitters Club series follows middle school girls in their baby sitting adventures as they learn about friendship, responsibility, and independence. This book can provide an insight into middle school girls of the 80s with different personalities and backgrounds. This series also provides descriptions of a lot of fabulous 80's outfits. 

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80s Advertisements | Branded in the 80s

80s Advertisements | Branded in the 80s | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
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A collection of advertisements from the 1980s. Many of the advertisements feature youth and products that are aimed at youth. These advertisements provide a look at fashion, toys, movies, magazines, and other things that appealed to the kids and teens of the 1980s. These primary sources can offer great inspiration and information on products from this decade.

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Suburbia (1984)

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Both a cultural document as well an 80's coming of age classic, "Suburbia" flesh's out the idealization and communal camaraderie that defined the 80's punk scene. A cult film with a an avid fan base, the film is a staple in the scene, and an A+ of an "alien culture". Watch the full film above.

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Excess

Excess | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Producing a book on fashion in the 1980s is not merely a question of immortalizing one of the most feverish periods of invention, creativ...
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80's mainstream and counter culture fashion captured in all of it's nihilistic and hedonistic glory. Featuring an in depth analysis with opinions from all of the industries movers and shakers, "Excess" is a perfect guidebook to a lifestyle and movement that has left an indelible impression the culture of style. Includes text and photography.

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Gritty 1980s New York City through the lens of renowned photographer

Gritty 1980s New York City through the lens of renowned photographer | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
New York in the 1980s as captured by photographer Richard Sandler was an altogether different city from the safe, clean (for the most part), cosmopolitan urban playground it is today.
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While NYC was a beacon for 1980's greed and excess, one must not forget the sobering reality that faced a great segment of it's population. Using evocative black and white photography, Richard Sandler attempts to capture this indelible time in New York history. One will truly get an alternative insight to the glitz of the glamour of one of our most decadent decades.

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Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)

Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1) | American Culture in the 1980s | Scoop.it
Will Jessica steal Todd from Elizabeth? Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are identical twins at Sweet Valley High. They're both popular, ...
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The first book in the Sweet Valley High series, published in 1983, introduces readers to the Wakefield twins. This book series has teenage slang, fashion, and fantasy. Though the series continued to publish after the 1980s were gone, the first books can be used for inspiration about 80s teens. The series can also be used to gain more insight into the popular culture of the youth of the 1980s. 

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MEAD Trapper Keeper Commercial 1980's Retro Old School 80's - YouTube

Trapper Keeper commercial from the 80s.
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Trapper Keepers were all the rage in the 1980s and every school aged student had one with horses, hot air balloons, or some kind of modern and chunky design on the cover. This commercial shows the ad campaign of Trapper Keepers. A Trapper Keeper is a must have for any prop department or 80s fanatic!

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