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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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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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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.Read more ›
"The revolution starts here. On the night of January 13, 1963- by accident, not design- the coincidental appearance of Britain's two rival national television networks by a largely unknown band called the Beatles and a struggling musician called Bob Dylan sounded the alarm, that within a year, would sweep away the ancient regime of class and culture on two continents."
This is an interesting collection of stories from both the US and Britain recalling the feeling of change in the atmosphere in the year 1963.
There are stories told by people in the music industry, the fashion industry, stories regarding art, politics and new inventions. The pill, sexual promiscuity, drugs, the works.
Weighing in were celebrities like Keith Richards, Joan Collins, and Patty Boyd on the changes taking place in Britain.
"By the fall of 1963, the revolutionary and self-indulgent exuberance in Britain was giving way to an new reality for youth's prophets: success, fame, and notoriety. But, these came at a price- responsibility, hard work, and the loss of innocence. The evolution raised their expectations, and hormones could only get the so far. Commercial demands and a new careerism took the form of ambition- something this generation had once eschewed."
In the US there was Motown, The Ed Sullivan show, the British Invasion and then of course the country was rocked to it's very core by the assassination of JFK.
It is amazing when you look back at 1963.Read more ›
It was hard keeping everyone straight-as far as who was who. There were names I would know anywhere, and some that I've never heard of before. Despite that, it was pretty easy to fall into it and just imagine what kind of business they did. This definitely focused the most on music and secondly fashion design. I wish there was more about the pop art movement or writing, but that may have came later in the 60's. Overall I enjoyed this and would recommend this to anyone who likes the time period or the people involved as it was quite interesting!
I always thought I was born too late and that I missed out on so much, the anti-war protests, Woodstock, etc. Yes, music from the 60's is still my favorite.
1963: The Year of the Revelation is really pop culture icons reminiscing about the 60's. The heart heart of the 60's is said to be started in 1963, hence the name of the book but the reminiscing goes into the later 60's as well. There are some wonderful musings by who's who from the 60's. People like Eric Clapton, Gram Nash, Peter Frampton, and many more. It certainly held my interest. Because it is in pieces, it's a good book to be able to read a few pages and put down. Yes, it's a good bathroom book. LOL!
I would have liked some more substance, perhaps some narrative between some of the quotes. Yes, most of us know a lot of the history but perhaps adding some little known tidbits or something else to really sink my teeth into would have made it better. That said, I did find it entertaining and especially enjoyed what some of my rock idols had to say. There were some photos included in the book and a few that I hadn't seen before. That was a treat. I think this book would be a great gift to a 60's fan, like myself. Recommended.
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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 13 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 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 23 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 on December 27, 2013 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 on December 23, 2013 by ghowit