1965: The Year Modern Britain was Born (Paperback)
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1965: The Year Modern Britain was Born (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 01/01/2015
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There is Britain before 1965 and Britain after 1965 - and they are not the same thing.

1965 was the year Britain democratised education, it was the year pop culture began to be taken as seriously as high art, the time when comedians and television shows imported the methods of modernism into their work.

It was when communications across the Atlantic became instantaneous, the year when, for the first time in a century, British artists took American gallery-goers by storm. In 1965 the Beatles proved that rock and roll could be art, it was when we went car crazy, and craziness was held to be the only sane reaction to an insane society.

It was the year feminism went mainstream, the year, did she but know it, that the Thatcher revolution began, the year taboos were talked up - and trashed. It was when racial discrimination was outlawed and the death penalty abolished; it marked the appointment of Roy Jenkins as Home Secretary, who became chief architect in legislating homosexuality, divorce, abortion and censorship.

It was the moment that our culture, reeling from what are still the most shocking killings of the century, realised it was a less innocent, less spiritual place than it had been kidding itself. It was the year of consumerist relativism that gave us the country we live in today and the year the idea of a home full of cultural artefacts - books, records, magazines - was born.

It was the year when everything changed - and the year that everyone knew it.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781849833875
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 22 mm

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“Interesting and cultured”

The book was certainly an interesting imprint on what drove 1965 forward and the guiding and influential forces...possibly could have been a bit more slim lined as in some sections it was a bit of a slog but readable... More

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