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.
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.
I now have a house move - everything is packed and ready to go or moved already, so that will occupy me for several days, but on my return more on: Movies old and new, 1959, black-and-white movies in the 60s, Art, Glamour, Trash, Stars, People We Like, Gay Interest, more Antonioni, Romy Schneider, Loren, Vitti, Mangano, Belmondo, Jean Sorel, Gerard Philipe and assorted Euro-movies, and kitsch classics, and I am sure there will be more on Dirk, Kay, Anouk, Capucine, Joan Greenwood and those other perennial favourites....