Cool Cars, High Art

Cool Cars, High Art

The Rise of Kustom Kulture

Book - 2001
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Provides a suped-up cruise through chopped Mercs & slammed Chevies seen as works of art.
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2001
ISBN: 9781578064021
Branch Call Number: 629.2286 D517c 2001
Characteristics: xviii, 205 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm


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Jun 14, 2017

Sometimes, I think that this book is too much a textbook on art. When the author discusses the 1950s decade, he tries to correlate factors such as Kustom Kulture=car culture=youth culture=teen culture=a prosperous American economy. What this book does not address is the question why modern cars are not customized. Perhaps all or some of the following factors are valid:
1.) the disappearance of well paid unionized blue collar jobs,
2.) the disappearance of the two-bay gas station,
3.) the disappearance of the small independent body shop,
4.) the disappearance of auto shop facilities from high schools,
5.) unibody construction makes body changes too difficult and too expensive,
6.) the organic jellybean styling of modern cars provides too great a challenge,
7.) zoning regulations have eliminated salvage yards, and
8.) city bylaws have eliminated parts cars.
IMHO, I would rate "Cool Cars, High Art" at only 2.0 stars.


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