decade was one of social consciousness and upheaval. A
revolution of cultural change that was to impact American
art, music, fashion,
education, television, politics and film like no other time
This revolution was led by 70 million children from the post-war
baby boom. A generation coming of age who questioned the "establishment",
had a mistrust for politician's promises and anybody over
the age of 30.
The social mores of the 1950's were giving way to a new open-mindedness.
Flower Children held "love-ins", turned-on, dropped-out
and insisted on being "real" . The values that had
Lucy and Ricky slipping into twin beds on the 50's sitcom,
I Love Lucy were suddenly proclaimed prudish hypocrisy by
a generation who's mantra had become, "Sex, Drugs &
Rock & Roll".
In 1958 Donna Reed appeared as Donna Stone on television's
popular Donna Reed Show. Donna vacuumed, cooked and did laundry
in high heeled shoes and pearls. Then came Jimi
in June of 1967 at the Monterey
Pop Festival. The beginning of The Summer of Love, young
people were long-haired, tie-dyed, psychedelic,
beaded, fringed and living in Haight Ashbury.
Family television suddenly included not only Ed Sullivan,
Wonderful World of Disney and Bonanza but now it brought war
into American living rooms on the nightly news. The Vietnam
War was the first televised war and it's controversy divided
War protesters carried peace signs and staged sit-ins to protest
our involvement in Vietnam. Half way around the world young
soldiers carried rifles and grenades in Asian jungles. The
division of sides was never more apparent than at Kent State
in 1970 when four students protesting the bombing of Cambodia
were shot and killed by young National Guardsmen.
Blacks were marching in civil rights demonstrations
and Martin Luther King, Jr. called for peaceful protest. In
1965 race riots erupted in Watts, California. The militant
Black Panthers were formed in 1967 and Martin Luther King,
Jr. was assassinated in 1968 and the Beatles were singing
"Give Peace a Chance".
A new spiritual consciousness was emerging. The Beatles
sought God Head in India andGeorge
Harrisonfound Him in the Hindu
Hare Krishna movement. Long-haired Jesus Freaks preached in
the streets and Hippies burned incense and dropped acid to
expand their consciousness and see God. Many believed and
proclaimed "Clapton is God".
In 1969, toward the end of the decade, a historical event
unfolded in Upstate New York. Five hundred thousand young
people traveled to Woodstock,
New York. They set-up camp on 600 acres and spent three unforgettable
days in mud and rain dancing, loving and dropping "Yellow
Sunshine" to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills,
Nash and Young, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Country Joe and
The Fish, Jimi Hendrix, Janis
Joplin, The Band, Jefferson Airplane and Santana.
Many say the era was "the best of times the worst of
times". One thing's for certain if you were there you
will never forget it. The 60's left an indelible print on
the face of America's people, politics and values. Good or
bad, it changed our lives forever.
The Beatles Here
In The Sixties [VHS](1990) VHS
An acclaimed film of the major events of the 1960s, including
the civil rights movement, free speech protests and anti-war
rallies, as seen by 15 leading activists of the era. Allen
Ginsberg, Todd Gitlin and Huey Newton are among those who
comment on the era in this wild ride through the decade that
changed America. 117 min.
'60s, Vol. 1: 1960 [VHS] VHS
Sixties: The Years That Shaped A Generation [DVD](2005)
This documentary explores the decade of triumph and tragedy;
of innocence lost, and revolutions found; of the horrors of
war, and the struggle for peace. The American decade of the
1960s continues to provoke debate, fascination, and continuing
revelations, as heard here through interviews with prominent
figures from the era, including Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer,
Daniel Ellsberg, Jesse Jackson, Arlo Guthrie, and others.
120 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Mick Jagger, Britain's
overtly sexual rocker, had a very conventional childhood.
An excellent and disciplined student, Jagger majored in European
history and literature at the prestigious London School of
Economics before dropping out to form The Rolling Stones.
He was the son of a physical education professor.