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1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion Hardcover – November 19, 2013


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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

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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)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062120441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062120441
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 19, 2013
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There is no doubt that 1963 was an extraordinary year of social upheaval - a "youthquake" of new talent; spearheaded by the Beatles and the Stones in England and Dylan in the US. A new generation of musicians, fashion designers, writers, journalists and artists challenged the established author and broke boundaries. These baby boomers were suddenly fashionable - the new aristocracy - in which accent and class were no longer the most important criteria for success. This book is an oral history of that ground-breaking year, although, in reality it is a rather unstructured account, which also has quite a lot about 1964 and the British invasion.

There are interview snippets with many people, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jeff Lynne, Georgie Fame, Bill Wyman, Mary Quant, Patti Boyd, Mandy Rice Davies, Graham Nash, Andrew Loog Oldham and Peter Noone. As you can see, much of the book is taken up by musicians or those involved with the music business (which was fine by me, as it was the area I was most interested in, but just be aware that the majority of those interviewed are musicians). Also, although there are interviews with American artists, such as Carly Simon and Neil Sedaka, the bulk of the book is British.

Much of the book is very entertaining - both Keith Richards and Eric Clapton give thoughtful and insightful information on the music industry in the early 1960's. It is wonderful to hear how there was a lack of competition and a sense of helping each other. It was, you feel, a friendly and welcoming time for musicians to come together in the spirit of mutual cooperation.
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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 many of the prime movers were connected. This book is hardly comprehensive but strings together some decent quotes and interesting titbits about this important year.
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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. Makes me wish I were ten years older and living in Britain in the early 1960's. Highly recommended for anyone who felt the earth move the first time they heard the Beatles on AM radio back in 1964.
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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.
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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 country, and the world in a rapidly changing, new direction, from which we have yet to recover. This is an excellent book, however, it just scratches the surface for those of us who lived through those times
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By ghowit on December 23, 2013
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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. An explanation of who they all were would have made the experience more enjoyable. I thought I lived the revolution, I didn't, I just watched.
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