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From the Hardcover edition.
Posted August 18, 2002
<p>Shawn Levy's talent is the ability to look at the outside of a culture and see into its core. He has directed this skill at London in the swinging sixties and come up with a book that captures the spirit and optimism of that incredible era. After half a century of wars and recessions, the English -- especially young people -- felt there had to be a better way of running society. The sixties were an anti-establishment decade, not in the drop-out, drug-ridden way of the hippy era, but in the determination to rethink 'traditional' values.</p> <p>'In England during the Swinging London years, homosexuality was decriminalized, capital punishment banned, divorce laws reformed and censorship of the arts curtailed¿.These changes -- wrapped up gaily, set to a danceable beat and glowing with the optimism of youth -- were genuine steps into a more just modernity.'</p> <p>The bulk of 'Ready, Steady, Go!' is the story of British bands -- the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Animals, the Beatles. Levy's writing attempts to imitate the language of English tabloids of that time, including much of their hype and exaggeration. He gets some of his details wrong: I suspect a case of mapping American cultural assumptions about drugs, politics and race onto foreign events. I wouldn't recommend the book as a resource for a student paper on history or sociology. But it would make an ideal book for the beach and an excellent antidote to the greyness of our current times.</p>
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Posted August 26, 2002
Mainly about Brian Epstein and Terrence Stamp, but encompasses a lot more of that time. The time that Austin Powers is from! Yeah, baby!
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