Win a copy of You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation

February 15 was the 25th anniversary of The Breakfast Club, and to celebrate, I have one copy of Susannah Gora's book, You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation. Publisher's Weekly says:The phrase was coined by David Blum in the headline Hollywood's Brat Pack, heralding his cover story for the June 10, 1985, issue of New York magazine with its cover photo of Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and Judd Nelson. The label stuck, Gora notes, and extended to describe other actors: Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, and Anthony Michael Hall. A former editor at Premiere, Gora guides the reader through the creation of the teen cinema of the 1980s, described by the American Film Institute as the cultural phenomenon which helped make us what we are today. To recall the era, she interviewed two dozen actors, plus the directors and producers behind the Brat Pack's memorable movies, including The Breakfast Club, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As Gora sees it, The films changed the way many young people looked at everything from class distinction to friendship, from love and sex to fashion and music. Writer-director John Hughes's ability to capture adolescent angst is highlighted. The 1980s youth films maintain their popularity on TV and DVDs, and Gora gives them near-encyclopedic, comprehensive coverage.The book's cover is by one of my favorites, Dave MacDowell, the companion site features various goodies, including streaming music from the movies, and the book itself is 42% off at Amazon.So, for a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment on this post and make sure your comment includes your email. One comment per person, and I'm sorry, but this contest is only open to US residents. Your comment must be posted by 8:00 p.m. California time, this Sunday, February 28, 2010.And don't forget to participate in this month's art contest.


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