On Thursday 19 November, one of our favourite writers, Jon Savage, has his latest book, 1966: The Decade The Year Exploded, published by Faber. The event will be marked with a launch at Rough Trade East.
In the year that marked a sea change in global pop cultural history, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late ’50s reached boiling point throughout America, London, Amsterdam and Paris. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics, the 60s hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, drugs, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966, nothing in the pop world would ever be the same. It was the year in which the everlasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way.
Whilst exploring seminal artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, Dusty Springfield and The Kinks, the book examines the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival sources. Jon Savage’s 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future.
Join Ace Records DJs from 6.30pm. Jon Savage will talk to Ben Thompson, read from 1966, and sign copies of the book, followed by an Ace Records DJ set to finish.
Buy wristbands for the event here
1966 is available to preorder from the Caught by the River shop for the special price of £15
Jon Savage will be joining us at Caught by the River Calder in January. More information