He obviously wasn't there and there are many eye-witness accounts available. Maybe there will be a need for this more academic approach in about 1000 years, but even as an objective work it's not well done or satisfying
'London in the Sixties' delightfully parades you through this city, at a time when it lead the world in fashion. popmusic and other cultural trends.
With an immense subject like this, the author could not avoid making choices. Metzger choose admiringly well, though, offering you a very adequate & high quality overall picuture. His text, as well as his lavish number of pictures, stand out.
Nevertheless this book's high historical value is somewhat diminished by a number of blatant errors in several picture's comments. Starting on page 17, where a photo of the early Beatles is dated in 1967 - which is in my estimation about five (!) years too late. At page 155 we are told that the Rolling Stones' famous free concert in Hyde Park took place on July 6, 1969, instead of on July 5. And, even worse, on page 191 the names of Who-musicians John Entwistle and Keith Moon are swapped.
As I discovered more of such errors, I cannot help wondering how many I missed on subjects I am less familiar with. For a book like this they certainly make a serious flaw. So I decided to grant one star less.
Sixties' London was the world's hub of pop culture. 'Powered by youth, affluence and the mass media, its bold, creative spirit attracted an international roster of artists and luminaries in fields from pop music and fashion to literature and the visual arts. While a new aristocracy of rock stars and trendsetters ruled the roost, Pop Art took a witty and detached view of contemporary consumerism, and architecture looked towards a utopian future. This vibrant book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of this exciting decade, featuring a stellar cast of artists, photographers, musicians, models, writers, designers and architects, including David Hockney, Francis Bacon, David Bailey, The Rolling Stones, Twiggy, Mary Quant, Diana Rigg, and Bridget Riley. The book has over 300 terrific illustrations showing the people and places that made London swing.
A big disappointment. Too much pop music and well known "trend setters". Greatly missed accounts for the other side of the cultural life of London in the sixties: Covent Garden (both opera and ballet}, theatre (Royal Court, RSC, National Theatre), literature, etc. Some factual errors in bios and, amazingly, serious omissions on the humor side (Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, Tommy Cooper, the list goes on...).