HangOnTight![Book: Jeremy Kennedy – 2016 – 20x26cm – 282 Pages – Many B&W photos and images]. “Like every automobile, appliance, or any other shelf-ready product, eventually technology will pull the coroner’s sheet over their existence in lieu of something touted as ‘better’. This same manifest has kept the amusement ride industry competitive and exciting since amusement rides became popular nearly a century ago. However, never have we seen a sweep in variety on the midway of both travelling carnivals and amusement parks as we witnessed from the 1950s through the 1980s as the second generation of amusement rides was defined by space travel, European interpretation, and empirical design. While sky-high parachute drops may be a gasp of the past, flat rides like Wave Swingers and Scramblers are still spinning strong day after day. ‘Hang on Tight! – A Retrospective Look at the 2nd Generation of Amusement Rides (1950s–1980s)’ takes a closer look at the popular, the mysterious, the forgotten, and even the prototypes of many of the generation’s most intriguing leisure and thrilling amusement installations. Coasters, kiddies, verticals, wheels, transports, splashers, flats, virtual rides, and even skyscrapers are all celebrated in this magnificent retrospective of press releases, theme park public relations materials, travel brochures, and ride manufacturer promotional profiles.” Chapter Points: Introduction – Making Tracks; Transports (monorails, cable cars, etc.); Splashers (water rides); Kiddies (junior rides); Skyscrapers (tower rides); Flats (spinning, swinging rides, etc.); Virtuality (dark rides, simulated rides, etc.); Roller Coasters; Verticals and Wheels; Appendix; Acknowledgements; Photo Credits; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Recommended.

  • Jeremy Kennedy

    Thank you Andy. I’m grateful for your review. May I send you an e-copy of the book? My pleasure. I’m at pmassistant at ymail dot com Love to hear from you.

  • Derek Sailors

    Hang on Tight is a great look at the second generation of amusement rides in the industry. I enjoyed the way the book is broken into different sections that are color coded. I can read and enjoy a book best when it is broken into many sections and chapters with tons of photos throughout as opposed to long chapters with little photos. The book is very easy to read. I learned a few things as well. My only real complaint was the red text in the Splashers section with the blue background as the text was harder to read. I do recommend this 250 plus page book and it is well worth adding to your collection. I rate it a 8.5/10. As a note, this review of mine is for the colored version of the book and not for the B&W version I hear is also available.