- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (3 Oct. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224062409
- ISBN-13: 978-0224062404
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In the Sixties Hardcover – 3 Oct 2002
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But the inside stories about the Beatles are only a small part of what makes this such a fascinating memoir. Miles also befriended William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, writing several books about them and other Beat authors. He co-founded the legendary underground newspaper International Times, and was involved in the UFO - London's first psychedelic venue, where Pink Floyd got their start - and most of the other watershed events of the period, almost anything at the cutting edge: drugs, rock'n'roll, high art, pop culture, banned books.
When the '60s began Miles was a teenage art student in Cheltenham, living in squalid flats that were centuries old, throwing parties in which bohemians fought off teds, bopping to jazz and smoking pot.Read more ›
Miles' memoir works on several levels - the early sections set in Cheltenham, Stroud & other areas of the Cotswolds are a reminder of what this country was like pre-rock-& roll/sexual revolution. The way nostalgia shows work seem to suggest the country wasn't a throwback to the 19th century, which it was, and Miles beatnik-era is interesting as he comes across teddy boys, proto-hippies, boho-types and the like. The bohemian arcadia vibe here really needs to be mimicked more often, though Pete Doherty has tried. I loved details like South African fruit in a bus station, or the type of literature Miles was attracted to (those cheap Penguin classics), or a kind of loose commune existence - Miles' marriage here seems one of convienience, it gets overlooked later on. & a reference to a 'direct' phone line seems confounding to us techno-assisted souls in the present...
The book starts off as a loose memoir of various proto-hippy individuals, by the time the book gets to London, it becomes a who's who of the Swinging Sixties. Miles' co-founded the Indica bookshop, stocking key 60s texts that were hard to find/banned (there are references to several titles - Ballard's 'Why I Want to...Read more ›
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Miles: The chronicler of the Sixties scores a winner with this evocative memoirPublished 22 months ago by Tim Smith
They say that if you can remember the sixties, you weren't there.
Well, this fantastic book is positive proof that the above saying is rubbish, as Barry Miles was very... Read more
This book is a very entertaining read , a series of stories from the front line of the Sixties Counter Culture , particularily in London , by someone who played a central role in... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by I. Stuart
Being a mod i've allways been interested in both underground culture & the 1960s, i found this book to be very informative & interesting & could actually imagine being part of the... Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2005 by Alfie