1963: The Year of the Revolution

1963: The Year of the Revolution : How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion

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It was the year that Cold War protagonists sought a truce, the race into space stepped up a gear, feminism and civil rights flexed their political muscles, and President Kennedy's assassination numbed the world. But as the front pages of history were being printed, the scoop of the century slipped by unnoticed. On January 13th 1963, two then largely unknown acts made their first appearances on nationwide television in Britain. Neither The Beatles nor Bob Dylan could have known it at the time, but by some strange alchemy the anthems of a social upheaval were being heard by a mass audience-and they were the catalyst. Within the year, their voices were commanding millions of ears around the world. The Beatles had become the poster boys of a revolution that still influences us to this day, and Dylan its prophet. 1963, in short, saw the birth of a global demographic power shift. Within that one year, youth, for the first time in history had become a commercial and cultural force that commanded the attention of government and religion and exercised the power to shape society.
1963 is the first book to recount the kinetic story of the emancipation of youth through music, fashion, and the arts - and in the voices of those who changed the world so radically, from Keith Richards to Eric Clapton, Mary Quant to Vidal Sassoon, Graham Nash to Peter Frampton, Alan Parker to Gay Talese, Stevie Nicks to Norma Kamali, and many more. It is an oral history that records, documentary-style, the incredible roller-coaster ride of that year when a group of otherwise obscure teenagers would become global superstars. It serves not only as a fast-paced historical eyewitness record but as an inspiration to anyone in search of a passion, an identity, and a dream.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • It Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Black and White Photos Throughout
  • 0062120441
  • 9780062120441
  • 657,774

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A lively, insightful read about a transformative year. -- Dan Rather A vivid and exhilarating guide to the year that revolutionized pop culture and shook the world, told by the movers and the shakers, themselves. -- Mick Brown, author of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector An extraordinary year, a great cast of characters, a terrific book. -- Sir Alan Parker ...a must read for anyone interested in how pop culture, and particularly pop music, was both representative of the age and a catalyst for change. -- Victoria Broackes, Head of Performance Exhibitions, V&A Museum London
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About Ariel Leve

Ariel Leve is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Guardian, Financial Times Magazine, the Telegraph, the Observer, and the London Sunday Times Magazine, where she was a senior writer and a columnist. At the British Press Awards she was short-listed twice for Interviewer of the Year and Highly Commended twice. Her books include It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me. Robin Morgan is a multiple award-winning British journalist and editor who was the longest-serving editor-in-chief of the London Sunday Times Magazine, from 1991 to 2009. He has worked as a news editor, foreign correspondent, and investigative journalist and was awarded British Campaigning Journalist of the Year twice. He lives in London.
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