Saturday, 21 July 2007

1 decade, 4 cities

Cities in the sixties is the title of a four-book series written by George Perry. The books are a compilation of different photojournalists' works. They all begin with a small introduction and continue with photographs featuring the fashions, the hippie movement, pop art, including many celebrities of the time as: Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick, Truffaut, Bardot, etc...

The sixties were, concerning freedom, the most important decade during the past century. There was an explosion of peerless new ideas and concepts.










Synopsis:



"It was a turbulent decade, beginning with a bitter colonial war and ending with rioting on the streets. Yet Paris sizzled with a buzz of creativity in the arts and popular culture. In cinema the proponents of the New Wave led by Godard and Truffaut overturned the established order, electrifying the screen with a new, immediate excitement. Café intellectuals, Sartre and De Beauvoir still predominating, endlessly debated theories of structuralism. Yves Klein astounded the art world with his avant-garde events, and in fashion Yves St Laurent and André Courrèges fought catwalk wars to push the definitive look of the Sixties. Brooding over it all was the upright and aloof figure of De Gaulle, recalled from Colombey-les-Deux Eglises to preside over the Fifth Republic, a reign that would end with a referendum vote against him at the end of the decade. Here in aptly-chosen images is the essence of Paris in the sixties".



If you want to read it, there is another synopsis about San Francisco available at amazon. Anyway, I bought Paris in the sixties, but it hasn't arrived yet. If you'd like to know my personal point of view e-mail me in two or three weeks.


Song: Highway Child - Jimi Hendrix

5 comments:

The Stiletto Effect said...

wow these books must be great! I would like to have the London and the NY ones :D
Are the books expensive?
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Aretha said...

Those books seems amazing

laura emily said...

Wow! These books look so cool!

ambika said...

This sounds fascinating, especially since the story is told through photography. I definitely want to check this out.

rollergirl said...

The Paris one looks great, please can you do a post on it?

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