- ISBN 9780500515631
- 23.80 x 16.40 cm
- 342 Illustrations, 137 in colour
- First published 2012
Sixties’ London was the world’s hub of pop culture.
Powered by the three key elements of youth, affluence and the mass media, its bold, creative spirit attracting an international roster of artists and luminaries in fields from pop music and fashion to literature and the visual arts.
‘A vivid portrait of Sixties London’ – The Daily Express
‘The latest in a beautifully illustrated series on cities and culture in dynamic epochs of the ‘modernist’ era … the pictures themselves often give an original take on familiar features and personalities’ – The Sunday Telegraph
‘Encapsulates what it was like for the young and hip growing up in swinging London in the sixties … the bright and bold images, neatly punctuated by a concise and all-encompassing run-down of events and key figures that moulded the generation makes this book stand out from the crowd’ – Family History Monthly
While a new aristocracy of rock stars and trendsetters ruled the roost, Pop Art took a witty and detached view of contemporary consumerism, and architecture looked towards a utopian future.
This vibrant book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of this exciting era. It features a stellar cast of characters from every cultural arena, including David Hockney, Francis Bacon, David Bailey, The Beatles, Peter Blake, Mary Quant, Diana Rigg, Bridget Riley and many more, all presented in context and showing how they contributed to a city at the epicentre of a cultural boom that was heard around the world, and whose echoes still resonate today.
Rainer Metzger is a writer and cultural historian, and professor of art history at the Academy of Karlsruhe, Germany. His books include Vincent Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings and Gustav Klimt: Drawings and Watercolours.