The V&A Blockbuster Autumn exhibition, 'You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70' opened in London last weekend. It's a reminder of a time when the youth - and in particular musicians - still believed in a revolution... get ready to feel inspired!
Musicians are advised to pay a little visit to the V&A latest blockbuster exhibition in London, 'You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70'. Soundtracked by John Peel's record collection, it explores the impact of the late 1960s music, film, design and political activism, helped by an immersive sound experience exclusively designed by Sennheiser.
Though broad in scope, there's no denying that music - in particular rock'n'roll - is the main attraction of this major exhibition, with lots of Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, plus much more! At a time when most of us spend self-absorbed lives on our mobile devices, and pop stars are usually tame, the V&A exhibition serves as a reminder of a time when rock'n'roll was more rebellious, and inspired revolutionary ideals on young people.
A room dedicated to the original Woodstock festival includes footage of The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Sly Stone and John Sebastian performances on massive multi-screens, showing us that yeah, our (grand)parents generation actually rocked! No wonder Sixties artists such as The Beatles and Syd Barrett continue to fascinate and inspire us today.
In Pictures: Some of the V&A Exhibition's Highlights
V&A's massive exhibition spans all the key moments that defined those years between 1966 to 1970, from the fashion explosion of Carnaby Street to the explosive encounters between students and police protesting against the Vietnam war. It's a stunning portrait of a very creative, troubled and revolutionary era - which was, perhaps more than any other, shaped by pop culture and rock'n'roll.
And, as we said, music fans will have a field day enjoying all the rare memorabilia on display, including: several handwritten Beatles lyrics (for 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'In My Life', 'Yesterday' and others) and clothes worn by Roger Daltrey, Grace Slick and Mamma Cass. Here's some other cool things you can't miss:
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70, in partnership with Levi’s, sound experience by Sennheiser, is on at the V&A until 26 February 2017