"The book and its premise are eye-opening and give credibility
glitter rock's birth, death, and afterlife. . . . Interesting
enlightening for those who are fascinated by the history and
progression of rock 'n roll."
--Academic Library Book Review
"Van M. Cagle's singular achievement is his ability to find not
the moments at which people, ideas, and movements converge, but
find their melting points, that instant when a combination of
and heat reshapes cultural forms. Reconstructing Pop/Subculture
reconnects the work of Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and
glitter rock to create a better understanding of the
between style, youth, art, and rebellion. By creating an account
the deep structures at the nexus that formed around Warhol,
book does for the United States what Hebdige's Subculture did
the United Kingdom. His use of cultural studies to interrogate
notions of production and reception makes for a sterling
analysis, and critique of the intertwining of subversion and
--Steven G. Jones,
Associate Professor and Chair,
Faculty of Communication,
University of Tulsa
By exploring the phenomenon of Andy Warhol's influence on
rock and pop art, author Van M. Cagle reconceptualizes and
reevaluates many of the theoretical claims of subculture theory.
Reconstructing Pop/Subculture proposes a theoretical framework
that incorporates notions of productivity with reception and
reexamines the critical relationships between style, youth
incorporation, hegemony, and resistance, focusing on the ways in
which fans take up trends presented through mass media and adopt
through highly disingenuous practices. At the same time, this
provides a historical account of the tensions that arose in
culture during the 1960s and 1970s--both among and between
factions that were forced to engage in explicit confrontations.
also illustrates the ways in which particular genres such as
rock and pop art came into being and how such genres were
and used by audiences.
And ideal supplement for popular culture and cultural studies
courses, Reconstructing Pop/Subculture will also appeal to
interested in subcultures, youth culture, and cultural studies.