Summer of Love: Psychedelic Art, Social Crisis and Counterculture in the 1960s

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Though more than a generation has passed since the revolutionary fervor of the Summer of Love of 1967, the 1960s in many ways seem with us still. From recurring debates over the war in Vietnam to the perpetually appealing music of the Beatles and the Rolling Stone to the concern about youth drug use, the legacy of the 1960s is ubiquitous in contemporary life. The Summer of Love brings together an impressive group of historians, artists, and cultural critics to present a rich and varied interpretation of this seminal decade and its continuing influence on politics, society, and culture.

The Summer of Love, which accompanies an exhibition at Tate Liverpool, pays particular attention to the wildly creative psychedelic art of the era. Perceptive essays on psychedelic comics, graphic design and typography, light shows, and film successfully rescue psychedelic art from the fog of nostalgia and unjust critical neglect. Distinguished contributors also explore the role of 1960s fashion and architecture, and they consider anew the central influence of hallucinogenic drugs on the art of the era. Running throughout the essays are the elements of epochal change—from sexual liberation to student revolutions—that still form the backdrop of our collective consciousness of the 1960s.

An incisive collection of writings on all aspects of 1960s art and culture, tempered by time and critical distance, The Summer of Love will be indispensable for those who wish they had been there—or for those who were, but can't remember it.

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Christoph Grunenberg is director of Tate Liverpool and the editor of Gothic: Transmutations of Horror in Late-Twentieth-Century Art. Jonathan Harris is reader in art history at the University of Liverpool and the author of The New Art History: A Critical Introduction

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, "Abstraction and Empathy: Psychedelic Distortion and the Meanings of the 1960s" by Jonathan Harris
2. "Economy, Society, and Culture in 1960s Britain: Contexts and Conditions for Psychedelic Art" by Stuart Laing
3. "The Social and (Counter-) Cultural 1960s in the USA, Transatlantically" by George McKay
4. "Spontaneous Underground: An Introduction to London Psychedelic Scenes, 1965-68" by Andrew Wilson
5. "'The Summer of Love' in Performance and Sgt. Pepper" by Nannette Aldred
6. "Voices Green and Purple: Psychedelic Bad Craziness and the Revenge of the Avant-Garde" by Stweart Home
7. "Laboratories of Light: Psychedelic Light Shows" by Edwin Pouncey
8. "'I never stopped loving the light': Joshua White and the Joshua Light Show" by Edwin Pouncey
9. "From the 'Ocular Harpsichord' to the 'Sonchromatoscope': The Idea of Colour Music and Attempts to Realize it" by Barbara Kienscherf
10. "Clothing the Cosmic Counterculture: Fashion and Psychedelia" by Cally Blackman
11. "The Urban Trip: New York's Psychedelic Moment" by Carlo McCormick
12. "'My Mind Split Open': Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable" by Branden W. Joseph
13. "Psychedelic Liverpool?" by Jon Murden
14. "Hyper-Optical and Kinetic Stimulation, 'Happenings' and Films in France" by Matthieu Poirier
15. "Mapping San Francisco 1965-1967: Roots and Florescence of the San Francisco Counterculture" by Walter Medeiros
16. "Psychedelicacies: Psychedelia and its Legacies" by Glenn O'Brien
17. "A Psychedelic Bibliography" by Christoph Grunenberg and Darren Pih

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