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London Calling

A Countercultural History of London since 1945



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London Calling by Barry Miles
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London has long been a magnet for aspiring artists and writers, musicians and fashion designers seeking inspiration and success in this great city. In London Calling, Barry Miles explores the counterculture that sprang up in the decades following the Second World War, focussing on the West End and Soho, where the presence of so many artists has established a unique atmosphere; creative, avant garde, permissive, anarchic - the throbbing heart of London. Here are the heady days of post-war Soho when suddenly everything seemed possible, the jazzbars and clubs of the fifties, the teddy boys and the Angry Young Men, Francis Bacon and the legendary Colony Club, the 1960s and the Summer of Love, the rise of punk and the early days of the YBAs. The vitality and excitement of these days and years of change - and the sheer creativity of London - leap off the page of this marvellously evocative and riveting book.

Author Biography

Barry Miles is the author of many seminal books on popular culture, including Frank Zappa; Paul McCartney: Many Years from Now; Ginsberg: A Biography; William Burroughs: El Hombre Invisible; Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats and The Beat Hotel: Ginsberg, Burroughs and Corseo in Paris, 1957-1963.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 2010
Designed by Ghost
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
3x4 b/w and 1x4 col. plates
Atlantic Books
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