Jon Savage is the author of the excellent book, ‘Punk: An Aesthetic’ book back in 2012, as well as 'England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock' in 1991.
His latest book, '66. The Year the Decade Exploded' is out 19th November on hardback, and is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future. Exploring of the highs, lows and revolutionary moments of this unique and resonant time; 1966, the book examines canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks. 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.
The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. In America, in London, in Amsterdam and in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late '50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics (often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature), the 'Sixties', as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, substances, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity. After 1966 nothing in the pop world would ever be the same.