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In 1964, North America had a second revolution—but this time we welcomed the British! That year, four mop-tops known as The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, ushering in a new era of British music, film, fashion, and art. This richly illustrated and informative volume celebrates the pivotal cultural moment when the United States took on a British In 1964, North America had a second revolution—but this time we welcomed the British! That year, four mop-tops known as The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, ushering in a new era of British music, film, fashion, and art. This richly illustrated and informative volume celebrates the pivotal cultural moment when the United States took on a British accent. The huge influx of talent from across the pond included not only the The Beatles, but also The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Them (and Van Morrison), The Yardbirds, The Who, and, of course, The Rolling Stones. But the invasion wasn’t only musical: Peter O’Toole, Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine made a splash in Hollywood, while films like Goldfinger, Alfie, and What’s New, Pussycat? topped box-office charts. The Avengers became cult TV, and Carnaby Street defined hip style, turning Mary Quant, Twiggy, and Jean Shrimpton into fashion icons. Filled with photographs that capture one of the most exciting artistic periods in recent history, this is an evocative, irresistible look back.  


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In 1964, North America had a second revolution—but this time we welcomed the British! That year, four mop-tops known as The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, ushering in a new era of British music, film, fashion, and art. This richly illustrated and informative volume celebrates the pivotal cultural moment when the United States took on a British In 1964, North America had a second revolution—but this time we welcomed the British! That year, four mop-tops known as The Beatles made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, ushering in a new era of British music, film, fashion, and art. This richly illustrated and informative volume celebrates the pivotal cultural moment when the United States took on a British accent. The huge influx of talent from across the pond included not only the The Beatles, but also The Dave Clark Five, The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Them (and Van Morrison), The Yardbirds, The Who, and, of course, The Rolling Stones. But the invasion wasn’t only musical: Peter O’Toole, Julie Andrews, Sean Connery, and Michael Caine made a splash in Hollywood, while films like Goldfinger, Alfie, and What’s New, Pussycat? topped box-office charts. The Avengers became cult TV, and Carnaby Street defined hip style, turning Mary Quant, Twiggy, and Jean Shrimpton into fashion icons. Filled with photographs that capture one of the most exciting artistic periods in recent history, this is an evocative, irresistible look back.  

30 review for The British Invasion: The Music, the Times, the Era

  1. 4 out of 5

    ``Laurie Henderson

    I was in the 2nd grade when the Beatles came to America and thanks to my older sister soon joined the Beatlemania craze. That's right, we were screaming our heads off watching "A Hard Day's Night" at the Saturday matinee and couldn't understand a word they were saying but we screamed along with everybody else as if we were in a trance. Great book that brought back a lot of good memories of that time. Loved reading about all the acts I watched on the Ed Sullivan show all those years ago. The rags I was in the 2nd grade when the Beatles came to America and thanks to my older sister soon joined the Beatlemania craze. That's right, we were screaming our heads off watching "A Hard Day's Night" at the Saturday matinee and couldn't understand a word they were saying but we screamed along with everybody else as if we were in a trance. Great book that brought back a lot of good memories of that time. Loved reading about all the acts I watched on the Ed Sullivan show all those years ago. The rags to riches story of most of these English bands as America welcomed them with open arms was so entertaining to read. I do wish this book had explored the bands a little more in depth than some of the other areas covered but all in all a very informative and entertaining book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tosh

    Barry Miles as a friend of the Beatles and the ultimate insider of everything that is groovy about London circ. the 60's has put together a volume on something that touches my heart greatly - The British Invasion of the 60's. There have been better books on the subject, but this is a nicely laid out object, that is not too obscure (it should be!) yet gives one a very good introduction to the scene that doesn't end (for me). The one thing that is unique is that Miles (or his editor) has put togeth Barry Miles as a friend of the Beatles and the ultimate insider of everything that is groovy about London circ. the 60's has put together a volume on something that touches my heart greatly - The British Invasion of the 60's. There have been better books on the subject, but this is a nicely laid out object, that is not too obscure (it should be!) yet gives one a very good introduction to the scene that doesn't end (for me). The one thing that is unique is that Miles (or his editor) has put together a lot of American LP covers in the book that deal with that particular culture and era. But generally for those who are into British 60's music/fashion/cinema, this is a good one for the collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    The British Invasion by Barry Miles attempts to cover everything that was the British invasion of the 1960s. It wasn't just an influx of music--from The Beatles to the Dave Clark Five to the Kinks and the the Rolling Stones. British actors made their mark on Hollywood snagging Oscars and making Americans long for London. The Avengers invaded television to become a cult icon and hip and mod styles became the dream fashion of thousands of teenagers. The book is filled with photographs that will bri The British Invasion by Barry Miles attempts to cover everything that was the British invasion of the 1960s. It wasn't just an influx of music--from The Beatles to the Dave Clark Five to the Kinks and the the Rolling Stones. British actors made their mark on Hollywood snagging Oscars and making Americans long for London. The Avengers invaded television to become a cult icon and hip and mod styles became the dream fashion of thousands of teenagers. The book is filled with photographs that will bring back memories for those who lived through the period and will bring the era to life for those who came along too late to experience it first-hand. While Miles does make the effort to bring in music and pop culture beyond The Beatles, he still brings everything back to them. The focus is on the Fab Four and the many ways that their arrival in America in 1964 made everything else possible. An interesting look at the pop culture of the 1960s and especially of interest to Beatles and music fans. ★★★ and a half. (rounded up here) First posted on my blog

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony Calder

    This book looks at the British cultural invasion of America. It wasn't just British music that exerted such influence (dominated, of course, by the Beatles) but also fashion, film and TV. Music dominates the book, just as it did the period, and the book covers the whole decade of the sixties, and even the influence that American rock'n'roll and blues had on British youth in the late fifties, which inspired them to go and form the bands that dominated the sixties. This book looks at the British cultural invasion of America. It wasn't just British music that exerted such influence (dominated, of course, by the Beatles) but also fashion, film and TV. Music dominates the book, just as it did the period, and the book covers the whole decade of the sixties, and even the influence that American rock'n'roll and blues had on British youth in the late fifties, which inspired them to go and form the bands that dominated the sixties.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jose hernandez

    I thought this was a good book. It was full of very good information that really helped me understand more about the British Invasion. Although it did start to bore me because it was giving me a background story of every band that was in the time period. but other than that it was a great book that told me also how the British invasion influenced America.

  6. 5 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

    The pictures were fun...but a lot of the text seemed pretty pat. Especially when he got to the section about movies and basically just listed each year's Oscar winners. I also noticed considerably more than one error throughout (and the whole thing ended on rather a sour note)... The pictures were fun...but a lot of the text seemed pretty pat. Especially when he got to the section about movies and basically just listed each year's Oscar winners. I also noticed considerably more than one error throughout (and the whole thing ended on rather a sour note)...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vivian Valvano

    I love getting books for Christmas. Heather's boyfriend, Michael, gave me this one, knowing that it would hit me where I live. For a daughter of the baby boom, a child of the 50s and the 60s, with all their smiles and all their tears, this was a very welcome gift. I love getting books for Christmas. Heather's boyfriend, Michael, gave me this one, knowing that it would hit me where I live. For a daughter of the baby boom, a child of the 50s and the 60s, with all their smiles and all their tears, this was a very welcome gift.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frank Taranto

    An interesting look at how British music and fashion changed the US in the 1960's. This gets 4 stars because of all the pictures. An interesting look at how British music and fashion changed the US in the 1960's. This gets 4 stars because of all the pictures.

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    John

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