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In The Sixties

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At the beginning of the sixties Barry Miles was at art school in Cheltenham; at the end he was running the Beatles' Apple label and living in New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel. This is the story of what happened in between. In the Sixties is a memoir by one of the key figures of the British counterculture. A friend of Ginsberg and William Burroughs, Miles helped to organi ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 3rd 2003 by Pimlico (first published 2002)
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Tosh
Oct 26, 2007 Tosh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beatle fans and London 60's lunatics
Miles was or is the ultimate insider of British pop culture. A friend to Paul McCartney as well to all the living Beats all the time - Miles is one of those guys who writes zillions of biographies on the people he knows. This is an odd one for him, because it's a memoir of his time in London during the 60's.

He started up one of the first independent 'underground' book shops in London, with the backing of McCartney. In fact McCartney got his hammer and nails and worked in the actual store during
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Chris
Sep 05, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing
There is some overlap in the book from Many Years From Now, the book Miles wrote about McCartney's Beatles-work, as well as his avant-garde and visual art interests. Miles and McCartney were friends, both were instrumental in running Indica Books, the bookstore/ art gallery where McCartney featured such artists as Yoko Ono (I'll let you write your own punchline there).
What this book goes into much more depth about is Miles' editorship of International Times, perhaps THE voice of sixties counterc
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Arthur Cravan
Jun 20, 2013 Arthur Cravan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beat, 60s
Fearing the book would be by a "hanger-on" of a select few influential 60s figures, I kept it on the shelf for a few years. I don't know how I hadn't realized I'd already read two or so Miles books, but anyhow, I was pleased to find Miles was in with quite a few people but, besides that, my favourite parts of the book were probably about him in his younger years, before IT & Indica, before he'd really met anyone known today.

Miles is a fine writer & seems like a fine man altogether, &
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Jane
Feb 23, 2012 Jane rated it it was amazing
This is a good companion to the myriad of "London in the Sixties" in the market. Miles manages to tread that fine line between the self-indulgent/name-dropping account and a factual account well (not surprising as he founded the famous Indica Bookstore/art space and also editor of infamous The International Times.
Yes, the names are there, McCartney especially, but descriptions of their friendship are never cloying and provide (for me) surprising insights into the young Beatle. Made me want to re
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Author of several books and biographies, most pertaining to musicians and the sixties.

Miles has written biographies of Paul McCartney, The Beatles, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Frank Zappa, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg, in addition to books on John Lennon, The Beatles and The Clash.

He is occasionally inaccurately credited as "Miles Mabbett" due to his co-authoring a book with Andy Mabb
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