London Calling book by Barry Miles


Big thanks to Ed for flagging up a book that has passed us by – London Calling by Barry Miles.

Described as 'a major and definitive history of the counterculture' by a 'pre-eminent chronicler of the cultural underground' (the author was indeed a leading light on the 60s underground scene), the book explores the counter culture that sprang up in the decades following the Second World War, focusing on the West End and Soho, from the heady days of post-war Soho. the jazz bars and clubs of the fifties, the teddy boys and the Angry Young Men, Francis Bacon and the legendary Colony Club, the 1960s and the Summer of Love, not to mention the rise of punk.

It's already on my 'to buy' list and if you fancy it too, Amazon is selling it for a heavily-discounted £12.48.

Find out more at the Amazon website

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