1963: The Year of the Revolution
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1963: The Year of the Revolution

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Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan's oral history 1963: The Year of the Revolution is the first book to recount the kinetic story of the twelve months that witnessed a demographic power shift—the rise of the Youth Quake movement, a cultural transformation through music, fashion, politics, and the arts. Leve and Morgan detail how, for the first time in history, youth became a comm...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 19th 2013 by It Books (first published November 5th 2013)
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Susan
There is no doubt that 1963 was an extraordinary year of social upheaval - a "youthquake" of new talent; spearheaded by the Beatles and the Stones in England and Dylan in the US. A new generation of musicians, fashion designers, writers, journalists and artists challenged the established author and broke boundaries. These baby boomers were suddenly fashionable - the new aristocracy - in which accent and class were no longer the most important criteria for success. This book is an oral history of...more
Deirdre Kelly
A chorus of voices representing those who experienced the youth quake of 1963, and lived to tell the tale. Pop music dominates, followed by fashion and a soupçon of advertising and marketing experts who cut their teeth during this watershed moment in pop culture. The Beatles were climbing the charts, just as Dylan was singing solo and from the heart and Mary Quant was lobbing inches off women's hemlines and Vidal Sassoon was cutting hair in a manner that suited the space age explorations of the...more
Jim
on the same night in january of 1963 the two tv stations in britian each had a musical act making their/his debut on national television. a boy band called the beatles, and an american singer whos first album was so bad it wasn't released in the states, bob dylan.

1963 is told by a couple dozen brits and three or four americans.

everything changed, middle and lowerclass kids had money and were no longer being drafted, 45s of black american singers were being brought over and devoured. kids were ma...more
Mandy
I know a lot about The Beatles and 60s music, but I really enjoyed reading about the year the revolution started. It was interesting to hear the different points of view from people who were around my age in 1963. I loved learning about the fashion and the cultural youth revolution that took place. There were a lot of people interviewed that I did not know; sometimes I had to go back to remember who they were, but that didn't take away from the whole story. I loved that everyone knew everyone be...more
False Millennium
This book was created with a cross section of the British and American cultural population at that time. It's amazing how behind America was with the music. One point made was that many feel the '60 revolution was '67 to '73 when in truth it ran from 1957-1962 in Britain, then the Beatles, then 1963-1964 (5) which I would agree with. I started into the changes pretty early myself and I remember the difficulty in finding this new music and the new clothes. Mainly it was sent to me from Britain. A...more
Brianna C
received a copy via Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. Looking back, we were right in the middle of it and we weren't really aware what was happening around us." Bill Wyman

I love books like this. It's no secret I love the Beatles and totally grew up in the wrong era. This book gave you an insight to what it was like in the 60's from those who lived it and changed things. I loved hearing about the changes and the mindset direc...more
Joseph
This book is for those who are familiar with the many personalities that shaped music in the first part of the 1960s. The stories are told by the actual people who shaped the music of that era; first-hand accounts of events that shaped their lives and the music they created. While this may seem intuitively appealing, the sequence of historical accounts is not very intuitive to the reader; one account after another with little guidance on the themes being developed. There are so many better choic...more
Julie
1963: The Year of the Revolution by Ariel Leve is a Harper Collin IT books publication, released in November 2013. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

"The revolution starts here. On the night of January 13, 1963- by accident, not design- the coincidental appearance of Britain's two rival national television networks by a largely unknown band called the Beatles and a struggling musician called Bob Dylan sounded the alarm, that within a...more
Biblio Files
It's hard to peg a social movement to one particular time, even an entire year. Ariel Leve has picked the 12 months of 1963 to illustrate the story of how youth culture became a major influence in world events.

It's an ambitious goal, and even more so with the format of an oral history, which relies on people's memories rather than the documents, journalism, letters, diaries of the time.

Whether 1963: The Year of Revolution succeeds in its larger goal, I'll leave for others to determine. I stoppe...more
Don Paske
It was simply "OK". Even though I lived through that time (I was a senior in high school), I didn't know who some of the people who were interviewed were. A cast of characters would have been useful. It also could have flowed a little more and had less interviews and more narrative.
Dee Paske
Very interesting. It showed that the musicians were more into camaraderie than competition.They were described as crusaders. "United by a transformative energy". A good read!
Rj
A pastiche about the intersection between music & fashion in 1963. There are lots of interesting quotes from artists about their role in each industry in 1963
Ang
You are an extremely talented person if you can make an oral history of 1963 boring, so HURRAH for Ariel Leve, who has accomplished the spectacular. Sigh.
Dale Stonehouse
For those closely involved or acquainted with the people and events here, this might be highly entertaining. I found it repetitive and perhaps a bit pretentious. Yes, these events were important, but most Earthians were unaffected by them.
Tara
A nice read, though some of the recollections are a bit repetitive. I felt it might have worked better as a photo book. The cover art is gorgeous, however.
Nancy
Great photos. Interesting interview clips. Not terribly coherent, but it's hard to collect hundreds of little personal recollections into a narrative thread.
Liz
I won this in a first reads giveaway. I don't have a whole lot to say about this book only that it is an oral history and it reads fairly quickly.
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