I’m a boomer—and even I’m bored by boomer nostalgia. But this oral history has a freshness and immediacy that kept me turning the pages. It’s filled with eyewitness accounts of a single pivotal year by an array of artists, musicians, designers and writers who went on to define a generation: Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Stevie Nicks, Andrew Loog Oldham, Dave Clark, Mary Quant, Jackie Collins, Gay Talese, Neil Sedaka, Norma Kamali, Pattie Boyd, Carly Simon, Jeff Lynne… to list a handful. Even the several dozen photographs felt fresh, coming from the collection of British photographer Terry O’Neill, and many appearing for the first time.
This oral history is a cavalcade of celebs marking their coming of age in the golden era of the space race, the rising campaigns for women’s and civil rights, and the tragedy of J.F.K.’s assassination….It’s an unusual collection of figures, but what is remarkable is that many of these people never thought they would be stars, yet in this burgeoning counter-culture generation, they became rich, famous, and shook up the world. Through colorful, warts-and-all interviews, Morgan and Leve bring together a variety of viewpoints on the year the ’60s really began.”
1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion (9780062120441) by Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan. $25.99 hardcover. 11/19/13 on sale.