Thursday 28 January 2016 / 6–8pm


Meet Jon Savage to discuss 1966, the year the ‘Sixties’ hit their Modernist peak and the subject of his new book. Learn the unique chemistry of music, art, fashion and radical politics that shaped the pop future of the century.

2016 will see the 50th anniversary of a defining year in global pop cultural history. Jon Savage’s 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded explores the key highs, lows and revolutionary moments that made that year so uniquely resonant. In 1966, in America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late 1950s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics — often fuelled by perception-enhancing substances and literature — the ‘Sixties’, as we have come to know them, accelerated and broke through the sound barrier. A unique mix of ideas, substances, 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. The 7 inch single outsold the long-player for the final time. It was the year in which the everlasting and transient pop moment would burst forth in its most articulate, instinctive and radical way. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.

Jon Savage is the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth, 1875-1945. He has written sleevesnotes for Wire, St. Etienne and the Pet Shop Boys, among others, and his compilations include: Meridian 1970 (Heavenly/EMI 2005); Queer Noises: From the Closest to the Charts 1961 - 1976 (Trikont 2006); and Dreams Come True: Classic Electro 1982-87 (Domino 2008).

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition Liberty in Fashion; the talk and discussion follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. It is followed by a book signing.

£15 / £12 students includes exhibition entry, a drink and book signing.
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