1st Edition

Too Much Art and Society in the Sixties 1960-75

By Robert Hewison Copyright 1986

    First published in 1986, Too Much records the tumultuous period between 1960 and 1975 when, more than at any other time in history, the arts were a battleground for the conflicting forces of social change. With the new affluence of the Sixties the cultural conformism of the previous decade was rejected in favour of new forms of expression. Pop Art, pop music, fringe theatre and performance poetry helped to create the semi-mythological image of ‘Swinging London.’ The liberation ethic was feted as it masked the insecurities of a society in decline but, as a real political challenge to the status quo, it also led to conflict. The confrontation between official culture and the underground came in 1968, a year with its own mythical resonance. This book will be of interest to students of art, media studies and cultural studies.

    List of illustrations Acknowledgements Foreword 1. Understanding Media 2. The Young Meteors 3. Bomb Culture 4. The Dialectics of Liberation 5. Goodbye Baby and Amen 6. The Party 7. The Arts in Hard Times 8. The Poverty of Theory 9. Afterwords Notes on Sources Index


    Robert Hewison