Matthew F. Delmont is Assistant Professor of American Studies at Scripps College.
“Well-researched, tightly-written. . . . Impressively bright, clear, and comprehensive.” - History News Network
“The study illustrates how . . . nostalgic representations of the past . . . can work as impediments to progress in the present.” - Cbq Communication Booknotes Qtly
“The Nicest Kids in Town counters the (false) mythology of American Bandstand with valuable descriptions of ‘forgotten’ cultural productions.” - Gayle Wald, George Washington University, Jrnl Of The Society For American Music (Jsam)
"Lively and perceptive. . . . Delmont’s book offers a subtle, refreshingly interdisciplinary reading of Bandstand as a site of the civil rights struggles in Philadelphia." - Brian Ward, American Historical Review
“Excellent. . . . Offers a valuable understanding of the . . . melding of African Americans into the national youth culture.” - Choice
“Reveals a hidden history of racial segregation on the United States' first television program centered on the teenage population. . . . Provocative.” - Orange County Register