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The compilers of this oral history date the youthquake (Diana Vreeland’s coinage) that defined the era from the nearly simultaneous debut appearances on British television on January 13, 1963, of the Beatles and Bob Dylan. With the emphasis distinctly on events in the UK, the authors have culled quotes from musicians (Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, among others), music agents and promoters, and fashion pioneers Vidal Sassoon and Mary Quant to delineate how the postwar generation broke from tradition and set a new style. On the American side, coming out of a very different war experience, folksingers like Carolyn Hester and R&B and blues/soul singers such as Mary Wilson of the Supremes (who are both quoted) and Dylan (who is not) charted a parallel course. There is very little narrative connecting the quotes, which are selective (no Beatles, no African American bluesmen despite their acknowledged influence). This is a familiar story and the concentration on the authors’ English homeland may limit its audience in the States, but to the baby boomers whose story this is, interest in the period (i.e., in themselves) is ongoing. --Mark Levine
A lively, insightful read about a transformative year. (Dan Rather)
A vivid and exhilarating guide to the year that revolutionized pop culture and shook the world, told by the movers and the shakers, themselves. (Mick Brown, author of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector)
An extraordinary year, a great cast of characters, a terrific book. (Sir Alan Parker)
...a must read for anyone interested in how pop culture, and particularly pop music, was both representative of the age and a catalyst for change. (Victoria Broackes, Head of Performance Exhibitions, V&A Museum London)
I was disappointed that the book was paperback. I thought I ordered a hardback. The book was what I expected except for the cover. Sincerely, Joyce R. OlesonPublished 9 months ago by Joyce Oleson
I was '63 Texas high school grad hooked on Rock & Roll, '57 Chevys, & girls.
The book was not "my '63" or the USA '63; it was British perspective, with esoteric... Read more
Yes, I remember where I was when Kennedy was shot and I remember buying Please, Please Me by The Beatles, but at 7 there's an awful lot I didn't know about 1963, particularly how... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Recounts in their own words the stories of those who were there at the forefront of the times. First hand experiences, not someone's interpretation or analysis. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jimmy
Great book, could not put down. Easy to read short bits due to the style. Have recommended to several friends who also like the book.Published 19 months ago by mystery lover
1963 ended the world of 50's... in lifestyle, business, culture, music, art and politics. The killing of president Kennedy very quickly benchmarked this transition and set the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Gary Cogley
A great time machine. Right from the horses mouth. Really enjoyed this book but I wish I were more familiar with all of the people. Read morePublished 21 months ago by ghowit