You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70

'Well, you know, we all wan to change the world...' And so they did. The Revolutionary decade altered the reality in the way nothing had done before.

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John Sebastian performing at Woodstock, 1969
Photo by © Henry Diltz / Corbis
Blow Up, 1966
Photo by © MGM / THE KOBAL COLLECTION
Contact sheet, Christine Keeler, 1963
Photo by © Victoria and Albert Museum, London/Lewis Morley

Plenty of cultural phenomena, political liberties and heaps of great music in the Western world came to being as the fruit of that messy, merry, stylish, riotous decade, the Sixties. The energy of youth burst out like a fountain and declared itself as a mighty power which experimented, explored, fought for peace and had fun all along the way, fueled by Rock'n'Roll. And Swinging London was one of the pivotal points on the imaginary Sixties' map.

If there was one word suitable for a description of all this, it would be the word 'Revolution'. Its components, impact, and consequences are explored and demonstrated on the upcoming exhibition in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Cinema, movements for peace and human rights, fashion, design — and, as a binding thread between it all, music. Related events encompass Curator Talks, courses, conference tracing multiple aspects that led to and resulted from the 60's Revolution, starting as far as the late XVIII century. The World Football Cup 1966 to Levi's jeans; hallucinogenic drugs to visual and sonic expressions of revolutionary ideas... all the kaleidoscope of phenomena that the Sixties actually were.

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When was it?

10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017
Mon–Thu, Sat, Sun 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fri 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
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Where was it?

Venue
Victoria and Albert Museum
Address of Victoria and Albert Museum
V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Closest subway
 South Kensington

Additional information

Exhibition category
  • History & figures
  • Other
  • Painting & graphic art
  • Photo
Price
£16.00
  Published ID127497

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