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The 1960s was the decade America transformed from a country of conformity to a land of political, cultural, and social liberation. The events of that tumultuous ten-year period reshaped America to such an extent that it still remains an epoch of fascination today and every step of the way, television helped frame and enable that change.
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There have been MANY documentary series on the 1960s - and PBS (which is distributing this DVD) did one called "1968" last year. That was the most important year of the decade and one of the ten episodes of THE SIXTIES is titled just that: "1968". Other episodes concentrate on the space program, women's liberation, the assassination of JFK, and the Hippie culture and San Francisco.
What makes this series unique is the choice of clips and commentators. Lots of new interviews with News Anchors are here. (Anyone else wonder what happened to NBC's Sandor Vanocur? He's here). An an example of unique clips is the "Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll" episode that closes the set. There is great footage of Jack Kerouac reading his poetry on the Steve Allen Show with Allen playing piano to accompany him. Then actor Peter Coyote (who narrates many of Ken Burns' documentaries) gets a lot of face time discussing Haight Ashbury and we learn that he was a co-founder of the Free Store in San Francisco and very involved in the "hippie" movement. (Who knew?)
The series was co-executive produced by actor Tom Hanks which gave it a lot of cred. It was produced by his Playtone studio.
This is the kind of DVD that every person who lived through the 1960s will want to see and it should be in every school video library. It's that good!
I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
You will enjoy watching and will probably shed a few tears along the way.
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