Lucy Moore's wonderful social history of America in the Roaring Twenties, Anything Goes, is featured on Pop Matters, the online magazine of cultural criticism.
Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties revives all of the big names and big events of our most compelling decade – a period that, she observes, in some ways is not unlike the present. It was the Jazz Age; a time of promiscuity and plenty, political corruption and complacency, technology, excess, consumerism and celebrity. This was an epoch of passion and transformation – and with its many social and technological changes, its fetishization of material goods, and its cult of youth and instant celebrity, 1920’s America resonates with today’s culture.
By looking in detail at individual events like Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic, the scandal of Teapot Dome and the founding of the New Yorker magazine, this gripping, intimate portrait of the Jazz Age opens windows to many of this country’s most iconic moments.
Author Lucy Moore was born in the United States and moved to Britain to study history at Edinburgh University. Although an American, she was voted one of the “Top Twenty Young Writers in Britain” by the Independent on Sunday.