the Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman

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Mick Jagger. Ken Kesey. Timothy Leary. Allen Ginsberg. Jim Morrison. Neil Young. Abbie Hoffman. Jerry Garcia. Janis Joplin. Grace Slick. Pete Townshend. Ram Dass. Dennis Hopper. Peter Fonda. Jane Fonda. Jerry Rubin. Hippies on Mt. Tam. The March on Washington. Anti-war demonstrations. People's Park. Berkeley. Haight-Ashbury.

The Sixties brings together a collection of photographs of the people, events, culture, rock and roll stars, writers, political figures, and other iconic ...

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Mick Jagger. Ken Kesey. Timothy Leary. Allen Ginsberg. Jim Morrison. Neil Young. Abbie Hoffman. Jerry Garcia. Janis Joplin. Grace Slick. Pete Townshend. Ram Dass. Dennis Hopper. Peter Fonda. Jane Fonda. Jerry Rubin. Hippies on Mt. Tam. The March on Washington. Anti-war demonstrations. People's Park. Berkeley. Haight-Ashbury.

The Sixties brings together a collection of photographs of the people, events, culture, rock and roll stars, writers, political figures, and other iconic individuals and celebrities who made the sixties the most influential decade of the twentieth century.

The Sixties tells the story of that particularly colorful generation with the affection and devotion of someone who has experienced the revolution firsthand. Robert Altman's captivating photographs bring immense power to both quiet, intimate moments and scenes of thunderous anarchy alike.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Robert Altman's photography was instrumental in portraying the look and feeling and vitality of the sixties."  —Jann Wenner, founder and publisher, Rolling Stone magazine

"One of the best graphic depictions yet offered of this fleeting, illusory chapter of cultural history."  —The Bloomsbury Review

"Robert Altman visually documented the changes that rocked the 60s with a scope and clarity no one has surpassed."  —Bookpage

"His photographs just blew my mind. I think he captured today the way Steichen captured yesterday."  —Peter Max, artist (1969)

"These celebrated photographs are an illustrious record of an amazing era."  —Paul Krassner, founder and editor, The Realist, and cofounder of the Yippies

"Robert Altman was a witness to one of the most colorful decades in American history."  —Jim Marshall, photographer

"Robert Altman is the real deal."  —Chet Helms, entertainment impresario and originator of the name "The Summer of Love"

"Mr. Altman is probably unapproachable in photography as a perfect blend of photojournalist and star-shooter. . . . Without this imagery, many of the heroes of that generation may not have been as deified as they became."  —Fierce Magazine

Publishers Weekly

Those nostalgic for the free love era will revel in this handsome oversize collection of gritty photographs by celebrated photographer Altman. A master at catching his subjects at the moment of emotional overload-whether they be mischief makers, war protesters or musicians-the black-and-white photographs collected here are pure nostalgia, making a powerful you-are-there impression that simultaneously highlights the era's distance-chronologically and otherwise-from the current moment. In addition to period luminaries like Ken Kesey, Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin and Mick Jagger, the compendium highlights lesser-known players on the scene, as well as average attendees at rallies, be-ins and festivals. Altman's particular genius is best showcased in his legendary crowd scenes; what these photos occasionally lack in technical precision, they more than make up in the raw, wild feelings they've miraculously captured. Despite the book's title, images straddle the period from the late '60s to the early '70s (though none of the subjects seems to make much of the distinction), and a fun introduction by longtime Rolling Stoneeditor Fong-Torres reveals that Altman has always felt his purpose was to depict "the life and times that the Sixties inspired"; he succeeds beautifully with this, an impressive social document and a powerful remembrance. (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800244
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 12.22 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Altman's photographs have appeared on the covers and in issues of such publications as Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times, People magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, and SF Weekly. He studied photography under Ansel Adams and was soon after hired as a photojournalist for Rolling Stone, later becoming their staff photographer. Cameron Crowe used many of Altman's photographs in his film Almost Famous. Besides the U.S., Altman has exhibited globally in cities such as London and Paris. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Library of Congress.

Ben Fong-Torres is a rock journalist, author, and broadcaster. From almost the magazine's inception, Fong-Torres was a writer for and senior editor of Rolling Stone. His book with the Doors (The Doors by the Doors) was published by Hyperion in November 2006.

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