Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is the first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behaviour, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. From the juvenile delinquent gangs of the early 1950s through the beats and hippies, on to bikers, skinheads, and punks, pulp fiction left no trend untouched. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society's deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves.
Peter Doyle is an Australian author, musician, and visual artist. His book Get Rich Quick won the 1996 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel. Iain McIntyre is a Melbourne-based author, musician, and community radio broadcaster, who has written a variety of books on activism, history, and music. Andrew Nette is a writer and pulp scholar based in Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications and coedited Hard Labour and LEE.