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London Life: The Magazine of the Swinging Sixties book

London Life: The Magazine of the Swinging Sixties book
London Life: The Magazine of the Swinging Sixties book

Sadly not out for Christmas, but London Life: The Magazine of the Swinging Sixties book still looks a winner.

It’s the work of Simon Wells, who is well-known on these pages. I have featured his Making of Quadrophenia book as well as Quadrophenia A Way Of Life. He also wrote a feature on The Jam’s final gig for this site too.

But that was in the past, with this being the present. Well, the near future as the book doesn’t get a release until 26th March 2020. But you can get a pre-order in now if you like being organised.

As for the book, this is all about the magazine that celebrated the swinging sixties while it was happening. London Life emerged in October 1965 and, over the next fifteen months, would document the capital’s action at its peak.

With imagery from the likes of David Bailey, Duffy and Terence Donovan, designs from Peter Blake, David Hockney, Gerald Scarfe and fledgeling artist Ian Dury plus words and opinions from those at the city`s cutting-edge, London Life remains the coolest document from (arguably) the capital’s most exciting period.

Collected for the first time, the book includes forewords from Peter Blake and David Puttnam and a scene-setting introduction from the man behind the book, Simon Wells. The end result is a remarkable and candid view of a period when London was the creative hub of the world.

The 176-page book from Omnibus is available to pre-order now, selling for £25.

Find out more about the book at the Amazon website

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