The British Invasion

The Music, The Times, The Era

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In 1964, America had a second revolution – but this time they welcomed the British! That year four mop-tops known as The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, ushering in a new era of British music, film, fashion and art.

This richly illustrated and informative volume celebrates the pivotal cultural moment when the United States took on a British accent. The huge amount of talent crossing the pond included not only the The Beatles, but also The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Them (and Van Morrison), The Yardbirds, The Who and, of course, the Rolling Stones.

The invasion wasn’t only musical: Peter O’Toole, Julie Andrews, Sean Connery and Michael Caine made a splash in Hollywood, while films like Goldfinger, Alfie and What’s New, Pussycat? topped box-office charts. The Avengers became cult TV and Carnaby Street defined hip style, turning Mary Quant, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton into fashion icons. Filled with photographs that capture one of the most exciting artistic periods in recent history, this is an evocative, irresistible look back.

Author biography

Barry Miles was a central figure in the development of the hippie movement in the UK. He has written biographies of Paul McCartney, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Frank Zappa, Charles Bukowski and Allen Ginsberg, as well as books about John Lennon, The Beatles, The Clash and Pink Floyd.

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Barry Miles
Sterling Publishing
Publication date
Autumn 2009
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