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The fleeting centre of the world
on 19 February 2004
'Swinging' 60's London may only now exist in Austin Powers films, but once it was the place for those few in-the-know, to the town where everyone wanted to be and finally, and just as quickly, a parody of itself.
Few books that touch the subject give the reader the full picture and intriguing cast of characters whose impact on all aspects of popular culture we still feel today. This book sets out to change that, and if it wasn't for Barry Miles' excellent "In the Sixties" book, then this would be the one to read. In fact, the author relies on Miles for a lot of his anecdotes, quotes and key-players. Both the aforementioned Miles book and his book on Paul McCartney, "Many Years from Now", have obviously been read studiously by Levy.
However, what makes this book worth reading is the truly full scope of the London scene, from start to finish, that a memoir and biography couldn't fully achieve.