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The Year of Revolution

Robin Morgan and Ariel Leve

Peter Noone, of Herman's Hermits, was in his first band at 15. He had business cards printed but the printer made a mistake and called them Sherman and the Hermits. He had contact details bc his was only home that had a phone.

Mandy Rice-Davies: "We were the first generation of girls who cd leave home before getting married."

Mickie Most was a very average singer in London, but followed a girl to South Africa and had a string of 11 No 1 hits there. Then lost all proceeds promoting a tour with his hero Gene Vincent.

Anyone cd get a job, and rent was cheap in crappy flats, so money to go out every night, and to buy clothes. Before that, girls wore what their mother wore. Suddenly clothes were for you, and you cd express yr individuality.

Everyone knows the story abt guy from Decca who turned down the Beatles. But one detail - he had a choice between the Beatles, who were in Liverpool, or Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, who were from Essex. And a lot easier to deal with Essex than Liverpool.

Influence of TV - Ready Steady Go Friday night live music show featuring all new bands, as an alternative to BBC light (ols people's) music, and That Was The Week That Was, David Frost's satirical news and politics show which featured people like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, John Cleese and Roald Dahl - broke the mold of staid Brit TV.

And finally, Phillip Larkin's poem Annus Mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty three
(which was rather late for me)
Between the end of the Chatterley ban
And the Beatles' first LP

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