Cameron Crowe

Cameron Crowe, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1981). 3-253pp.  First edition. Octavo. Original quarter tan cloth and blue paper boards. Fine in near fine jacket. Cameron Crowe’s epic book about coming of age in America reset the genre. Essentially a work of non-fiction, Crowe researched Fast Times at Ridgemont High by spending a year masquerading as a senior at Ridgemont High School in California when he was twenty-two years old. Thanks to the movie, which enjoyed far greater popularity than this charming book, the characters Crowe encountered, and subsequently re-created in his narrative, have become icons of American pop culture. Spicoli, Stacy, Mr. Hand, Damone–the Eighties would have been darker without you.