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on 12 February 2018
A really interesting book about the wonderful 60's subculture. If only there were more minds like that showing the way forward, with fun and kindness. I deducted a star because it was sent without its cover.
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on 30 June 2015
Excellent read but somehow does not capture the importance of the music and the roll of the pirate stations.
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on 16 December 2011
As another reviewer has stated , this is not an easy glossy wallow in nostalgia as so many books on this period are. Rather it is an extremely well researched analysis of the Sixties (particularily London) Counter Culture ,its roots , what actually happened at the time , and the legacy. The author is not afraid to criticise where justified but also points to the lasting positive changes to the lives of ordinary people that arose from the actions and thoughts of actually quite a small number of sixties people. The advantage this book has over others is that J Green was very involved with many of the things he describes and is able to draw upon first-hand accounts from the people concerned. Particularily interesting was the political and philosophical background to the changes - nothing suddenly happened over-night - and I gained great respect for the work that Roy Jenkins did in changing the UK into a free-er and hopefully happier society.
Recommended as essential reading for serious students of the time , but do note that it is basically an Academic Text/source book rather than an entertainment , although thats not to imply that it is a difficult read.

As a PS, I was interested by the comment made by another reviewer regarding Caroline Coon. I am surprised if she did object to parts of the book and I would urge you to give it a another chance. There may well be the odd mistake , but essentially this is a very worthwhile read.
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on 12 September 2003
If you are fascinated by sixties culture and wish to find out more, this book is a good read. It is not an entertaining review of the decade: High Sixties by ??? is better for that. Rather, it is an in depth analysis of the sixties counter-culture and its origins, some of which stretch back farther than you would ever imagine. Everything from pot to gay liberation is explored here with a welcome impartiality. Occasionally a little heavy, but always informative.
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on 18 June 2001
The 1960s counterculture was the most exraordinary and enthralling social phenomenon of modern times. Based around the interviews he conducted for his classic oral history of the milieu, 'Days in the Life' (1988), Green's new book, while peppered with sardonic reflections from the vantagepoint of hindsight and worldly maturity, effectively conveys the sheer exhilaration of this seminal, idealistic, quintessentially youthful movement. All aspects of the counterculture in England (i.e. London plus a few free festivals) are covered - not just the usual story of psychedelic rock music, but performance poetry, anti-psychiatry, gay liberation, White Panthers, pop art, Grosvenor Square protests, the Angry Brigade, the Oz trial and much else. The author utilises his knowledge as a lexicographer to write with a rare stylish wit, offering shrewd, well-measured judgements without ever becoming too dry for the casual reader. The fact that Green was there himself - as an editor of Friends, Oz and IT - adds a keenness to the history, without rendering it unbalanced or self-indulgent. 'All Dressed Up' provides us with lessons from the days when radicals of all persuasions felt that the future was on their side. The counterculture provided its fair share of tragedy, bigotry and banality, but its sheer idealism contrasts so markedly with modern-day cynicism that it is hard not to envy those whose lives it enrichened. We can't revive the sixties, but we can all learn from what happened then, and the best way to do so is to read 'All Dressed Up', a thoroughly entertaining story of an inspiring cultural adventure.
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on 29 August 2006
Caroline Coon successfully challenged the tabloid guesswork relating to Release in this book. Wild bargepoles wouldn't get me to read one word of it, let alone buy the dog.
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