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Psychedelic Celluloid is the definitive guide to the decade when swinging London was the film capital of the world. Illustrated throughout with colour images of the period and covering over 300 British and European films and TV shows, Psychedelic Celluloid moves from the Beatles via Bond spin offs to crazy personal folies des grandeurs, Blow Up and its imitators, concert m Psychedelic Celluloid is the definitive guide to the decade when swinging London was the film capital of the world. Illustrated throughout with colour images of the period and covering over 300 British and European films and TV shows, Psychedelic Celluloid moves from the Beatles via Bond spin offs to crazy personal folies des grandeurs, Blow Up and its imitators, concert movies, documentaries, stylish horror films and many more. Carefully researched and drawing on interviews with some of the survivors of the era, Psychedelic Celluloid provides a witty and detailed account of each major production, listing its stars, directors, producers and music and showing how they were linked to the fashion and trends of the period. 'Psychedelic Celluloid covers the swinging sixties in minute detail, noting the influence of pop on hundreds of productions' - The Independent 'While the pop and rock of the 60s has been the subject of innumerable studies, and people have catalogued the films too, often at great length, up until now no one has put the two together' -Little White Lies 'A richly illustrated guide' - The Bookseller ONLY SUITABLE FOR VIEWING ON A LAPTOP, COMPUTER or LARGE TABLET


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Psychedelic Celluloid is the definitive guide to the decade when swinging London was the film capital of the world. Illustrated throughout with colour images of the period and covering over 300 British and European films and TV shows, Psychedelic Celluloid moves from the Beatles via Bond spin offs to crazy personal folies des grandeurs, Blow Up and its imitators, concert m Psychedelic Celluloid is the definitive guide to the decade when swinging London was the film capital of the world. Illustrated throughout with colour images of the period and covering over 300 British and European films and TV shows, Psychedelic Celluloid moves from the Beatles via Bond spin offs to crazy personal folies des grandeurs, Blow Up and its imitators, concert movies, documentaries, stylish horror films and many more. Carefully researched and drawing on interviews with some of the survivors of the era, Psychedelic Celluloid provides a witty and detailed account of each major production, listing its stars, directors, producers and music and showing how they were linked to the fashion and trends of the period. 'Psychedelic Celluloid covers the swinging sixties in minute detail, noting the influence of pop on hundreds of productions' - The Independent 'While the pop and rock of the 60s has been the subject of innumerable studies, and people have catalogued the films too, often at great length, up until now no one has put the two together' -Little White Lies 'A richly illustrated guide' - The Bookseller ONLY SUITABLE FOR VIEWING ON A LAPTOP, COMPUTER or LARGE TABLET

26 review for Psychedelic Celluloid: British Pop Music in Film & TV 1965 - 1974

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roberto

    This is a pretty handy reference book, not necessario amazingly written or anything, reads kinda magaziney, but i found some films and soundtracks in it that i will look out for. The title Psychedelic Celluloid i think is a little misleading, as it mostly focuses on films with a Swinging London theme rather than specifically psychedelic, and i found the mix of movies and music documentaries a bit odd. But yeah, enjoyed it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter Jansens

    After the introduction and a chapter dedicated to Pink Floyd the main bulk of the book consists of a chronological listing of about 120 movies, starting with Richard Lester’s The Knack (1965) and ending with Stuart Cooper’s Little Malcolm and his struggle against the Eunuchs (1974), described by some as the most expensive home movie ever made as it could only be seen at George Harrison’s place. There is nearly a movie on every page, with a picture, a short description, some info on the director, After the introduction and a chapter dedicated to Pink Floyd the main bulk of the book consists of a chronological listing of about 120 movies, starting with Richard Lester’s The Knack (1965) and ending with Stuart Cooper’s Little Malcolm and his struggle against the Eunuchs (1974), described by some as the most expensive home movie ever made as it could only be seen at George Harrison’s place. There is nearly a movie on every page, with a picture, a short description, some info on the director, the actors and its soundtrack, but that is exactly where the cookie crumbles, as this information is almost identical to what you can already find on IMDB and Wikipedia. The author could've added more anecdotes or juicy rumours if you ask me. Take Performance, for instance, not a word about the orgies and the drugs in front and behind the camera. But of course, books have already been written about that movie alone. Several times when I was at the point of saying 'this is starting to get interesting' the article ends and makes place for another one, leaving my hunger unsatisfied. The intriguing story of the (disappeared) movie Popdown is a perfect example. Starring Zoot Money, with music of Brian Auger, Blossom Toes, Dantalion's Chariot, Julie Driscoll, Gary Farr and a couple of others, its history is so fascinating that it could easily have taken six pages, but it stops at two. After reading that entry I spend a good hour browsing the Internet for more information, reading about a maniacal fan, Peter Prentice, who nearly spend a fortune trying to locate a surviving copy. Unfortunately I never found out if he succeeded in his mission, or failed. Perhaps that is what Simon Matthews really wants as I'm pretty sure he knows more about these movies than he was allowed to write. And the beauty of this guide is that it assembles a list of 120 'flower power' films in the first place. Kindle rant While I would give the book Psychedelic Celluloid a seven rating (out of ten) for its contents, I am somewhat disappointed in the Kindle edition. The book, as a traditional book, is beautifully printed, with a lot of white-space next to the text to include pictures in a separate column or to interact with the text as in the 'Magic Christian' example at the left. However, the Kindle version does not allow in-text searching, nor adding notes, nor changing the font size. On my medium sized tablet screen (10.81 by 6.77 inches / 27.46 × 17.20 cm) the letters are the size of miniature ants due to the fact that every page can only be shown in its entirety. The picture legends have golden letters on a white background and are completely unreadable (you can't change the background colour either, as in other Kindle books). Reading the Kindle version of Psychedelic Celluloid is like reading a badly xeroxed book but with the one difference that on good old photocopies you could still scribble some notes. I would like to say to Oldcastle Books and/or Amazon this is a fucking disgrace and that you only bring the author's reputation down with this kind of crap. Still a good book though. Full review at: Psychedelic Celluloid.

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