Sixties

Sixties

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by Richard Avedon, Doon Arbus
     
 

The photographer Richard Avedon and the writer Doon Arbus began collaborating on this book thirty years ago. The photographs and interviews they did then remain faithful to what was, like the contents of a time capsule.

Meeting somebody and balling them means something, but it doesn't mean near as much as it used to. —Janis Joplin, September

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The photographer Richard Avedon and the writer Doon Arbus began collaborating on this book thirty years ago. The photographs and interviews they did then remain faithful to what was, like the contents of a time capsule.

Meeting somebody and balling them means something, but it doesn't mean near as much as it used to. —Janis Joplin, September 1969

In a society where there is institutionalized oppression, the thing is to catch government and business in the grass—actually humping. —Florynce Kennedy, August 1969

I was so afraid of being bad and being caught at it. —Dr. Benjamin Spock, September 1969

The connection between all the rhetoric and all the poetry, between the words of a Black Panther and those of a rock star or a pacifist, between the scars of a pop artist and those of a napalm victim, have haunted and informed the structuring of this book, with its own peculiar version of a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Editorial Reviews

Eric Nash
Avedon, with his level gaze both at the exhilaration of the era and the toll it took on people's lives, shows that anyone who merely romanticizes the 60's didn't live through them.
The New York Times Book Review
Weekly Editors Entertainment
An unguarded Janis Joplin and a frightfully scarred Andy Warhol are just some of the images in this photograph collection—made even more mesmerizing by the inclusion of telling interviews with the subjects.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679409236
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 12.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD AVEDON (b. 1923) was the editor, with his classmate James Baldwin, of The Magpie, the literary magazine at De Witt Clinton High School in the Bronx.  In 1942 he joined the photography department of the U.S. merchant marine.  He was a staff photographer at Harper's Bazaar (1951-1965) and Vogue (1966-1988), and he collaborated with James Baldwin on Nothing Personal (1964), a book about the civil rights movement.  In 1992 he became the first staff photographer at The New Yorker.

DOON ARBUS (b. 1945) is the author of Alice in Wonderland: The Forming of a Company, the Making of a Play, and has written for a number of magazines, including Rolling Stone and The Nation.  Her thirty-year collaboration with Richard Avedon began with the project that has become this book.  She is completing her Unfinished Novel.

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Sixties 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
fastmom More than 1 year ago
This is an expose of the most radical artists of the 1960s. The presentation is honest and important, however, not a balanced representatioon of the art world in the 1960s. John Lenin on the cover is misleading as the book is not really about the movement that he was involved with as much as the radical artists of NYC at the time. This book is shrink wrapped for a reason and should have a parental advisory sticker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Richard Avedon is one of my favorite photographers. He was one of the 20th century's great photographers. 'The Sixties' is the 4th Avedon collection that I have purchased. I paid under $20 for it-would have paid more. The book featuring the photographs that Avedon took of President-elect Kennedy and family is also worth buying.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Believe me, if you were on the West coast in the sixties (particularly '69) this tome is WAY offbase! I just can't believe the audacity to title this book 'The Sixties'!!!! I don't even recognize, or care about, most of the people in these photos. Please, the sixties, on the West Coast, were so much more than this! I should copy all my old album inserts (Johnny Winter)....It would be soo much more entertaining!This was free love, the age of Aquarius, revolution/sex/drugs/rocknroll.....this doesn't even come close! Love ins.....The Strip....the Haight.......All missing! Don't waste your money The Sixties ain't here!