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Flashback: 31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

UpdatePosted 07/13/2014 04:00PM

31 Things That Defined the Summer of 1989

Originally posted 07/11/2014 04:55PM

Despite what Public Enemy may have said, 1989 wasn't just "another summer". Though history is rarely that neat, the final summer of the '80s saw the slow fade of many of the decade's icons, as well as the launch of some of the '90s' most enduring pop-culture institutions.

In terms of cultural legacy, the summer of '89 might not be able to compete with its predecessor of two decades prior – Woodstock and Bryan Adams will do that – but 25 years later, we're still feeling its impact.

Whether you remember it or not, relive the summer of acid wash, hair metal and Do the Right Thing below.

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