Introduction; 1. The other sixties: an anti-permissive permissive society?; 2. Society, 1963–65: The Beatles and modernity; 3. Society, 1966–70: The Beatles go too far; 4. Culture: the Beatles as artists; 5. Politics: the Beatles, parliament and revolution; Conclusion.
In this rigorous study, Marcus Collins reconceives the Beatles' social, cultural and political impact on sixties Britain.
Marcus Collins is Senior Lecturer in Cultural History at Loughborough University and an elected member of Council of the Royal Historical Society. A specialist on popular culture and social change since 1945, he is author of Modern Love: An Intimate History of Men and Women in Twentieth-Century Britain (2003), editor of The Permissive Society and its Enemies: Sixties British Culture (2007) and co-author of Why Study History? (2020).
'… Collins helps readers better understand the forces that impacted Britain during the turbulent 1960s, shedding new light on the Beatles for modern audiences. This deeply researched, distinctive, and well-argued book is a much-needed addition to the field … Highly recommended.' J. F. Lyons, Choice