Jonathan Cape, London, 1998. Good/very good. Pages browned split on the top edge of spine. Scarce in the first edition since copies were pulped due to the libel action.
This account expands upon the author's previous "Days in the Life" to provide a fascinating and controversial overview of the cultural and political events of the 1960s. Green's starting point is the invention of the "teenager", Teds, Beats and CND; he finishes with the "Oz" trial, the women's movement and gay politics. In between, his focus is on the whole panoply of that extraordinary decade, from sex, drugs and rock'n'roll to student protests. He also surveys the anti-Vietnam movement, and the radical social legislation pioneered by Roy Jenkins - on abortion, obscenity, homosexuality and capital punishment. The underground press, the Arts Lab, "Swinging London", anti-psychiatry, the hippie trail, the festivals, the drug busts, all fall under an affectionate but critical eye, celebrating the prevailing optimism of the decade without being blind to its absurdities.