About the Book
Orbiting Neptune - a baby boomer memoir - uses family photos going back to 1947 and succinct text to explore the earth-shaking changes which were detonated by the demographic blip of the baby boom generation. Cultural reverberations which transformed the 'Boomers' themselves - and, in time, people of all ages the world over. From Neptune City to suburban Neptune to Asbury Park - a little bit of America and a slice of history which resonates to this day. The history books give the broad strokes but here is the detail - styles of dress, the look of a home, cars, hairdos, Christmas presents - which lives on in memory and in influence.
Ted Polhemus has been using popular culture as a window on the world for 30+ years. His books include: Streetstyle, Fashion & Anti-fashion, Bodystyles, Style Surfing, Orbiting Neptune and BOOM! - a baby boomer memoir, 1947-2022. Ted Polhemus believes that a true understanding of history and of the world we live in demands that we look deep into the seemingly superficial and we take seriously the seemingly frivolous. Fashion, style, design, pop music, body decoration - these are the things which give the vital clues to where we are at and where we might be going.