Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London

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Doubleday, 2002 - Social Science - 341 pages
Now in paperback, a lively, fact-and-fun filled visit to the wild, trendsetting London of the 1960s, complete with great photographs and revealing interviews with the musicians, artists, models, and writers who turned the staid old city into the vibrant, exuberant center of youth culture. The critically acclaimed author of Rat Pack Confidential takes readers on a delicious romp through London in the swinging 1960s. In Ready, Steady, Go! Shawn Levy captures the spirit of the sixties in all its exuberance. A portrait of London from roughly 1961 to 1969, it chronicles the explosion of creativity--in art, music, and fashion--and the revolutions--sexual, social, and political--that reshaped the world. Levy deftly blends the enthusiasm of a fan, the discerning eye of a social critic, and a historian's objectivity as he re-creates the hectic pace and daring experimentation of the times. Spiced with the reminiscences of some of the leading icons of the period, their fans and followers, Ready, Steady, Go! is an irresistible sentimental journey for anyone who lived through the 1960s and an exciting, eye-opening treat for everyone else.

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The vitality of London in the swinging '60s—and the pathetic, sordid underbelly of it—ably conveyed by Levy (King of Comedy, not reviewed, etc.).Three forces were at work in turning staid England on ... Read full review

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Levy (King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis), a film critic at the Oregonian who has contributed to other major newspapers, here delivers an intriguing look at pop culture. Levy explores the ... Read full review


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SHAWN LEVY is the author of King of Comedy: The Life and Art of Jerry Lewis and Rat Pack Confidential. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the London Guardian, Sight and Sound, Movieline and Interview. A former editor of American Film, he is currently a film critic for the Oregonian.

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