1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

by Jon Savage


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The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late '50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics — often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature — the 'Sixties', as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, substances, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. The 7 inch single outsold the long-player for the final time. It was the year in which the ever lasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way.

Jon Savage's 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future of the balance of the century. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780571277629
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 620
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 2.40(d)

About the Author

Jon Savage is the author of England's Dreaming: Sex pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875–1945. He has written sleeve notes for Wire, St. Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005); Queer Noises: From the Closest to the Charts 1961–1976 (Trikont 2006); and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-87 (Domino 2008).

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Acceleration

1 January: A Quiet Explosion: CND, Protest and the Conspiracy of Silence 3

2 February: 19th Nervous Breakdown: British Teen Culture and the Madness of Swinging London 35

3 March: The Ballad of the Green Berets: The Vietnam War in America 79

4 April: The Third Eye: LSD and Its Discontents 105

5 May: Walkin' My Cat Named Dog: The Feminine Mystique and Female Independence 141

6 June: I'll Be Your Mirror: The Velvet Underground and Warhol's America 187

7 July: Land of 1000 Dances: Tamla, Soul and the March Against Fear 235

8 August: Do You Come Here Often? Joe Meek, Gay Rights and a Summer of Violence 281

Part 2 Explosion

9 September: 7 And 7 Is: Provocations, Shadows and a New Language 335

10 October: Winchester Cathedral: Times Past, Present and Future 391

11 November: Good Vibrations: Motown and Soul in the UK, the Beach Boys and the Sunset Strip 443

12 December: My Mind's Eye: Dreams of Freedom, a Prophetic Minority and the Return to Childhood 495

Acknowledgements 549

Discography 553

Sources 565

Index 621

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"This was 1966; nobody quite knew what was going on. Now, thanks to this exceptional slice of pop culture history, we do." - Mojo

"A marvel of historical reconstruction and pop insight." - Observer

"[C]ultural chronicler Jon Savage ..., in his erudite new book, remembers the year through its seminal pop music and the influence it had upon a rapidly changing world." - Esquire

"From Haight Ashbury to pirate radio, via the prosecution of the Rolling Stones and the arrival of the first double-album by a major artist (Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde), 1966 represents both a watershed and a high water mark in post war culture, a delineating moment the author documents in 12 chapters, each of which focuses on a scene-setting 45 while using primary sources to relay first-hand just how a single year turned into a epoch." - GQ

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