1960s

We’re all self-haters now

27 April 2019 9:00 am

As an American coming of age at the fag end of the 1960s, I celebrated self-loathing. Everything about the United…

Twiggy photographed by Justin de Villeneuve in the Rainbow Room at Big Biba, early 1970s. [JUSTIN DE VILLENEUVE]

A short history of art deco – from high art to two-tone shoes, garden gates to Twiggy

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Peter York traces the history of art deco – from high art to two-tone shoes, and beyond

The reluctant frontman: Ray Davies

‘I think The Kinks could have found a better frontman’: Ray Davies interviewed

23 June 2018 9:00 am

At 74, Ray Davies is as sharp as ever. Michael Hann talks to him about America, angry groupies and being a reluctant frontman

How the Moody Blues only became good once they realised they were crap

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Rarely has one irate punter so affected a band’s trajectory. Without the anger of the man who went to see…

Radio 1 Vintage was a trip too far down memory lane for me

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Think back to that morning in September 1967 when the Light Programme was split in two, Tony Blackburn launching Radio…

Moving pictures: ‘Achaean’, 1981, by Bridget Riley

Snap, crackle and op: no one can beat Bridget Riley

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Stand in front of ‘Fall’, a painting by Bridget Riley from 1963, and the world begins to quiver and dissolve.…

Mick Jagger at Knebworth, 1976

Stevie Wonder, Genesis, punk and the Stones – 1976 was the year that changed music

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Forty years ago, I spent 14 hours in a large field near the A1 in Hertfordshire. I had just taken…

The Royal Court is the Eddie the Eagle of theatre

28 May 2016 9:00 am

If there were an Eddie the Eagle award for theatre — to recognise large reputations built on minuscule achievements —…

Marisol with some of her sculptures, New York, 1958

What happened to the First Lady of Pop Art?

21 May 2016 9:00 am

In 1961 the Venezuelan-American sculptor Marisol Escobar made a startling appearance at the New York artists’ group known as the…

Fun, disturbing and ultimately forgettable: Hangmen at Wyndhams reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

It begins with a sketch. We’re in a prison in 1963 where Harry Wade, the UK’s second most famous hangman,…

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Could I have prevented a Kray murder?

Women’s issues are for everyone now, not just feminists

24 October 2015 9:00 am

‘Women’s issues’ are for everyone. So feminism is obsolete

Arch enemies: Euston Arch (left), torn down to make way for London’s most miserable train station (right)

Should Euston Arch be raised from the dead?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Yes  William Cook Rejoice! Rejoice! Fifty-four years after its destruction, Euston Arch has returned to Euston. Well, after a fashion.…

Muswell Hill reviewed: a guide on how to sock it to London trendies

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Torben Betts is much admired by his near-namesake Quentin Letts for socking it to London trendies. Letts is one of…

Barry Humphries’s diary: The bookshop ruined by Harry Potter

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Do fish have loins? Last Tuesday, in a pretentious restaurant, I ordered a ‘loin of sea trout’. It looked just…

A World Elsewhere hints it's about Bill Clinton. But it's about Al Gore

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Why, oh why, the producers ask, are the national press so reluctant to cover the London fringe? The snag is…

Timothy Birdsall - the greatest cartoonist you’ve never heard of

8 June 2013 9:00 am

A brilliant cartoonist’s all-too-brief flowering

Friends across the sea

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

On 12 February 1952 the novelist Anthony Powell received a letter from a bookseller in New York. Robert Vanderbilt Jr…

The short life of Tara Browne

13 August 2011 12:00 am

Remembering a man of the Sixties

Fish and chaps

23 April 2011 12:00 am

This is the ultimate ‘niche’ book.

Whine, whine, whine

9 October 2010 12:00 am

There came a moment, very early in my reading of the latest volume of Christopher Isherwood’s Diaries, when a spell was broken. The relevant entry, written at his beach home in Santa Monica, California, was dated 12 November 1960. And the single, throwaway notation which caused me to re-evaluate, I fear definitively, my admiration for Isherwood ran as follows: ‘Tonight I have to take the Mishimas out to supper.’

The spaced-out years

10 March 2010 12:00 am

Barry Miles came to London in the Sixties to escape the horsey torpor of the Cotswolds in which he grew up.

Cries and whispers

23 September 2009 12:00 am

Strange Days Indeed, by Francis Wheen