Monday, February 21, 2011

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

UPDATE: Mandalyn and Michelle won and should have received an email from me. I think I'm going to have another giveaway soon, so stay tuned.



Susannah Gora's excellent book, You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried: The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation is now available in paperback. 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 32% off at Amazon. I'm not much of a fan of John Hughes's movies (or nonfiction books), but this one was terrific.

So, I have two copies to give away. 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. I'll pick two random winners tonight.

*Previously: Dave McDowell imagines a Scooby-Doo movie by John Hughes.

23 comments:

  1. Hi ! I love this site so much, seeing it in my RSS feed gets me through the day!! Please pick me!

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  2. I recently introduced my 13 year old daughter to the world that is John Hughes. Many thanks to the movie "Easy A" for providing the segue. Keep up the great work, by the way!

    wjsheely@yahoo.com

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  3. awesome!

    jacobyoung84 AT gmail DOT com

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  4. I need a book to read on my lunch hour...and how can you go wrong with 80s pop culture?

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  5. Who doesn't love a John Hughes movie?
    Its been so much fun introducing them to my younger brothers!

    gabrielananetti@gmail.com

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  6. Ohh man, I love the artwork! Breakfast Club was one of those movies that just resonated to the core. "Stupid, worthless, no good, goddamn, freeloading son of a bitch. Retarded, big mouth, know-it-all, asshole, jerk." "You forgot ugly, lazy and disrespectful."

    Looks like a book well worth reading!

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  7. Randomly choose me, I need a new book.

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  8. Sweet! Looks great!

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  9. Amazing how a movie can just transform so many things! Loved Hughes and his work. These actors have much to be thankful for, he truly made them HUGE STARS. Would love the book. Thanks for the opportunity - collettealysonphotography@yahoo.com

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  10. I love pop culture commentary, and I'd love to read the book! Thanks for all the great content on a daily basis, it really makes my day.

    adamcblodgett at gmail.com

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  11. Love the look of that, what an era it was to grow up in! :)

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  12. Mmmm. Hughsy... Delicious.

    really_rather_not_nice@hotmail.com

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  13. My Corey Feldman tattoo needs this book :)

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  14. that man is a brownie hound....

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  15. Looks awesome! Would love to read it :D

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  16. Ferris Bueller pretty much changed my life.

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  17. I love John Hughes like crazy, so this looks awesome!

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  18. That looks awesome! I love John Hughes!

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  19. i wouldn't mind a chance at randomly winning a random book. i think it'd be good for me.

    sp0mdan@gmail.com

    great blog by the way, I visit daily

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  20. I love your site, visit daily don't comment at all, so not only do I want free shit but I want to tell you great job!!

    brockcinephile@gmail.com

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  21. super punch is on my top sites i visit everyday. I love it!!!

    In a way John Hughes have ruined womens outlook on guys because guys like in his films simply don't exist D:< But they're still great movies!

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    His name is Blane? Oh! That's a major appliance, that's not a name!

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  22. This is one neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie who would love a copy!

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  23. Growing up, John Hughes influenced my musical tastes w/ his soundtracks. I first discovered OMD, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Echo & The Bunnymen, Flesh For LuLu..etc through his movies!
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