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The Untold Sixties: When Hope Was Born, an Insider's Sixties on an International Scale Paperback – 15 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 701 pages
  • Publisher: Cross-Cultural Research Projects (15 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982317808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982317808
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,938,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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TRUE TO ITS TITLE, The Untold Sixties (Cross-Cultural Research Projects, New York) offers a rare insight into how the "underground" alternate society in Europe blended with its counterpart in America and confirms how its author, Alex Gross, is the perfect person to report the story.


Arriving in London in the `60s he and his girl friend Ilene seeing themselves as "outsiders" would joke about how the Thirties seemed to be still alive in England. Satire was permitted but anything more incisive banned by the libel laws and public inertia

It was a time of offshore pirate radio stations presenting the latest tunes from "those four Liverpudlians" but music and the miniskirt were early stirrings of the change that was to come

Gross became fond of Hyde Park's Speakers Corner where "every possible point of view was proclaimed in every regional accent"--anarchists, poets, black spokesmen and just plain crazies.
Two years later just before the underground press was born, many of these lost and wandering souls coalesced around the Arts Lab, started by a catalytic American expatriate from Louisiana Jim Haynes.

At last there was a meeting place for the young and hip to meet and Haynes' presence was an example of how London life was being transformed by "outsiders"--Bill Levy, an American who later edited IT, Britain's first underground paper; Australian Richard Neville (OZ magazine) and Gross himself in addition to numerous others.
The launch of the tabloid IT (International Times), with its blatant espousal of sex, drugs, pop culture and anarchism was greeted with stunned disbelief that such a paper could even exist Big event at the Round House, an old engine switching barn transformed into a hippy
wonderland with light shows, rock groups, pot everywhere and arrivals handed an (innocent) lump of sugar.
All this was followed by the predictable British hypocrisy that although there was officially no
censorship it proved almost impossible to get either a printer to print it or a distributor to handle it.
In addition to playwriting and contributing to both IT in London and the East Village Other in Manhattan (as well as maintaining cheap apartments in both places), all on less than $6,000 a year.
(On a personal note, it was for these reasons that this British writer---although already publishing an underground paper, Other Scenes, in New York---turned down an offer to publish in London.)
There's lots more in this seminal work but the message is best summed up in Gross' introduction: "A lot of people like to believe that the Sixties are finally dead now. Or that they ended up failing in some earth-shattering way. Those people are wrong. The Sixties are still very much alive in each of us, perhaps most alive in those who
want to believe them dead".
---John Wilcock --John Wilcock, Underground Press Editor, Founder Village Voice, East Village Other, Other Scenes. etc.

About the Author

Alex Gross received a BFA with Honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, in 1990. Since then, he has been a successful painter.


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