Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975

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Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 features an extensive chronology, covering
significant events for every year between 1950 and 1975. Music, Politics, Fashion, Youth Culture – this period witnessed dramatic changes in society. There was the onset of Rock and Roll; the introduction of computers and credit cards; the boom of radio and television; and campaigns for black power, civil rights and women’s liberation. All around the world there were challenges to authority.


  • The renowned Social Protest Collection from University of California, Berkeley
  • A wide range of Underground magazines including OZ, IT and Gandalf’s Garden, as well as a large collection of fanzines and alternative press titles from Bowling Green State University
  • Visual material – thousands of indexed photographs depicting the people and events of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s
  • Ephemera and Memorabilia – posters, pins and artifacts
  • Video – a collection of select video clips that bring the sights and sounds of the period to life:
    • The Race Riots in Atlanta, Georgia
    • An Anti-War Protest Rally in Washington DC
    • The Beatles across America
    • Early space travel
    • Responses to the death of Martin Luther King
    • And more

    Provider: Adam Matthew
    Coverage: 1950-1975

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