Total Propaganda: From Mass Culture to Popular Culture

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From Many With Love

This is the best and the worst part of any book. The best part is acknowledging so much help; the worst is knowing that it is practically over; now what to do?

First to thank my friend and literary critic, Jean Godden, who made suggestions writers hate to hear but profit from exceedingly; her influence is clearly present in her own writings and in mine, as well.

My first editor, Hollis Heimbouch, at that pleasant restaurant in Montreal and again, in New York, gave me the freedom to think and write. Amy Olener kept me going until Kathleen O'Malley arrived to lend the constant good cheer and pithy counsel that brought me through; thanks also to Teresa Horton for her fine production work. Then there were behind-the-scenes operators: Dr. Jeff Godden rescued me from bouts of computer madness, and Dr. Harry Hecht was my designated book-namer.

I worried about my adoption of the term popular culture, but a confident Dr. Katharine E. Heintz-Knowles assured me that there was an inclusiveness to the term as I used it. I asked trusted colleagues such as Barry Mitzman, the public affairs director of KCTS-9, if the terms old and new propaganda and total propaganda were useful parameters and fit within their conceptual boundaries. Yes, they agreed, but they urged me to assert more strongly the many threats to survival that were faced by a popular culture.

Many helped with chapters. Pop music critics Gene Stout of the Seattle Times and Bud McDonald of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer spoke eloquently about the Seattle alternative rock scene, and Jon Pareles, New York Times music critic, talked about the national picture. Allison Pember, publisher of The


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