Jonathon Green's oral history of the sixties 'underground', "Days in the Life", has been until now the most complete account of that celebrated - and much maligned - decade. In "All Dressed Up" he expands on that book to provide a fascinating and controversial overview of the cultural and political events of the decade. Comprehensive, detailed, often hilarious, this will be the definitive account of the sixties in Britain, challenging the myths fostered by those who were there and enlightening those who were not. Green's sixties begin with the invention of the 'teenager', with the Teds, the Beats and CND; they end with the OZ trial and with two of the decade's most lasting legacies: the women's movement and gay politics. In between his focus is on the whole panoply of that extraordinary decade, from sex, drugs and rock'n'roll to student protest, the anti-Vietnam movement and the radical social legislation - on abortion, obscenity, homosexuality and corporal punishment - pioneered by Roy Jenkins.
The underground press, the Arts Lab 'Swinging London', Anti-psychiatry, the hippie trail, the festivals, the drug busts - Green surveys them all with affectionate but critical eye, celebrating the prevailing optimism of the sixties while remaining far from blind from its absurdities.
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(233mm x 153mm x 37mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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UK Kirkus Review »
Who better to dive into the maelstrom of the 1960s than a former contributor to the controversial underground magazine Oz? Here, Green lifts the lid on the famously swinging decade of sex, drugs and the Lady Chatterley obscenity trial, marshalling an impressive line-up of movers and shakers to add colour to what could have been a lifeless trawl through history. Bob Dylan, the Vietnam War and Oh! Calcutta jostle with Malcolm Muggeridge and Robert Crumb in this heavyweight but immensely entertaining oral history. Written with a refreshingly objective eye, Green's obvious relish for the subject matter means that this hilarious, poignant book is essential reading for anyone who wants to know just how we got to the 21st century in one piece. Never have the Sixties looked so fascinating. (Kirkus UK)
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