Grease is the Word: Exploring a Cultural Phenomenon

Oliver Gruner (Editor), Peter Kramer (Editor)

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Bringing together a group of international scholars from diverse academic backgrounds, this book analyses the cultural phenomenon Grease. From the stage show’s first appearance in 1971, the Hollywood film of 1978, to 21st century responses to the ‘Grease Megamix’, ‘Grease is the Word’ reflects on the musical’s impact and enduring legacy. With essays covering everything from production history, political representations, industrial impact, stars and reception, the book shines a spotlight on one of Broadway and Hollywood’s biggest commercial successes. By adopting a range of perspectives, and drawing on various visual, textual and archival sources, the contributors maintain a vibrant dialogue throughout, offering a timely reappraisal of a musical that continues to resonate with fans and commentators the world over. Written in an engaging, accessible manner, the book will appeal to students, academics, and anyone interested in American popular culture.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAnthem Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781785271120
ISBN (Print)9781785271106, 9781785271113
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019


  • Grease
  • Hollywood
  • Musical
  • Popular Culture
  • Stardom
  • Nostalgia
  • Politics
  • Marketing
  • Reception


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