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Get Out of My Room!A History of Teen Bedrooms in America$
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Jason Reid

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226409214

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226409351.001.0001

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Get Out of My Room!
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Jason Reid

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226409351.003.0009

The final chapter of Get Out of My Room! takes a look at the teen bedroom as it was understood by various members of the cultural community, including representatives from the worlds of popular music, television, film, and literature. Oftentimes informed by their personal experiences with teen bedroom culture, the artists discussed in this chapter produced works that both reinforced and called into question long held ideas on the separate bedroom ideal, offering a vision of teen bedroom culture that was, in many respects, much more complex than what was being offered by, say, child development or home decor experts. To quote Brian Wilson, the founder and driving force behind The Beach Boys, the teen bedroom featured just as much "sighing and crying" as it did "scheming and dreaming."

Keywords:   popular music, film, television, cautionary literature, Lolita, Suicidal Tendencies, Brian Wilson, The Brady Bunch, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Saturday Night Fever

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