You Say You Want A Revolution? Records And Rebels 1966-1970
10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017
Victoria and Albert Museum
In partnership with Levis; Sound experience by Sennheiser
This major exhibition will examine the late 1960s as a moment when youth culture drove an optimistic idealism, and motivated people to come together to question the established power structures across every area of society.
Through objects relating to music, fashion, film, design and politics, an immersive soundtrack and theatrical three dimensional design, it will investigate the cultural upheavals and the changes within the law that took place during those five revolutionary years.
The spine of the exhibition will be a musical odyssey through some of the greatest music and performances of the 20th century, from Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’, to The Who’s ‘My Generation’, to Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock; and will focus on particular moments or environments that defined the cultural and social vanguard of the period, including clubs and counterculture, the Paris protests of May 1968, World Fairs, the Woodstock Festival of 1969 and communes on the West Coast of America.
The exhibition considers how the finished and unfinished revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today and affect the way we think about the future.
With additional support from Grow Annenberg Foundation, Fenwick and Sassoon.
Image credit: Anti-Vietnam demonstrators at the Pentagon Building, 1967, Photo by Bernie Boston The Washington Post via Getty Images.