Award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling author Jon Savage’s monument to the year that shaped the
future of global pop cultural history. Featuring a new foreword by David Mitchell.
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WINNER OF THE PENDERYN MUSIC PRIZE
A GUARDIAN MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2015
FEATURING A NEW FOREWORD BY DAVID MITCHELL
Award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling author Jon Savage’s monument to the year that shaped the future of global pop cultural history.
‘One of Britain’s most trusted cultural historians.’
In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas fomenting since the late 1950s reached boiling point, culminating in a year in which the transient pop moment burst forth. Exploring the canonical figures, from The Beatles and Boty to Warhol and Reagan, 1966 delves deep into the social and cultural heart of the decade through masterfully compiled archival primary sources.
‘A marvel of hisotrical reconstruction and pop insight.’
‘Absorbing . . . this is not only fine pop writing, but social history of a high order.’
‘Savage is rightly regarded as one of the finest cultural critics of the past 40 years . . . an enthralling, exhiliarting read.’
(This book is part of a reissue of Jon Savage’s seminal works: 1966, Teenage, and England’s Dreaming)
A sprawling tour de force about the pop music if 1966 and the seismic events in the world that helped shape it . . . vast in detail, breathtaking in scope and ambition.
A marvel of historical reconstruction and pop insight.
Absorbing . . . This is not only fine pop writing, but social history of a high order.
Erudite and imaginative . . . [Savage] plots a zigzag course through a turbulent and pivotal year, using a dozen key records as signposts to social change.
I have always imagined myself to be an impeccably liberal aesthete. But after reading about The Velvet Underground performing gigs with art-house films projected onto their faces, “ultra sounds” screaming from the amplifiers, accompanied by “sadomasochistic mime”, I find that I am actually slightly to the right of Darth Vader – a discovery that only adds to this book’s compulsive enjoyment . . . engaging . . . hugely entertaining.
Savage is rightly regarded as one of the finest cultural critics of the past 40 years . . . it is a tribute to the breadth of vision that these 12 chapters could easily have spawned a dozen books . . . glorious . . . insightful and authoritative . . . an enthralling, exhilarating read.
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