Monday, November 1, 2010
The City that Never Sleeps
New York in the Sixties was the time of Malcolm X, the World Fair, The Beatles at Shea, Fluxus, and sit-ins at Columbia University. Andy Warhol ruled the Village, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg took art to the next level, and the Lincoln Center provided a new home for the Metropolitan Opera. A new bridge linked Staten Island to Brooklyn and John Lindsay became mayor. Bob Dylan began performing at the Gaslight Cafe, and scripted his masterpiece Blonde on Blonde at the Chelsea Hotel. Betsey Johnson designed wacky wear for the boutique Paraphernalia; revolutionizing American fashion with her space age silvery sci-fi dresses, see-through plastic shifts with discreet stick-on cover-ups, a "noise dress" with metal grommets at the hem that went clink-clank when the wearer moved, elephant bell-bottoms, and 14-inch metal micro-miniskirts. The smart restaurants, the personalities, the shows to see, the buildings to admire, the places to stay, ensure the world that New York will never lose its appeal as the most exciting city on the planet.
The Doors play in NYC
(New York In the Sixties, James Jowers, Pop Sixties, Time Magazine, Linda McCartney)