In the Sixties: Illustrated

Love, poetry, protest, the Beatles, psychedelia and the 1960s underground in pictures, words and rare sound recordings.

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In the Sixties: Illustrated

In 1962 Barry Miles was a student at Cheltenham art school. In 1969 he was running the Beatles’ Zapple label and living in New York’s Chelsea Hotel. In between, Miles was a major force in founding the UK’s counter-culture, and active in every significant underground event of the decade.

This expanded edition of In the Sixties illustrates Miles’ story using personal and long unseen images of London in the 1960s, including photographs and drawings from pre-Beatles Britain to the post-psychedelic era. Also included in this edition are sound recordings of interviews conducted by Miles with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Townshend in 1967, with Mick Jagger in 1968, and John Lennon in 1969—which was never published.

  • Right at the epicentre of a cultural earthquake.Sunday Times
  • Miles was doing what a lot of other people were doing; but he was also taking notes.Guardian
  • He really was there, man, and that is more than most of us can say.Observer
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In the Sixties: The Interviews

Original, intimate and previously unreleased interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Townshend and Mick Jagger from 1967 to 1969.

The Classic edition of In The Sixties comes with a free download of excerpts from Miles’ original personal interviews with Lennon, McCartney, Townshend and Jagger. The Collector’s signed edition includes over five hours of those interviews plus an extra one with George Harrison, on a Mac and PC-compatible data CD (plus download). These unique and unexpurgated interviews are taken directly from the original cassette tapes, and have been enhanced as much as possible, but retain some dropouts, clicks and unexpected interruptions. They are historical audio documents of a time when ‘superstars’ such as the Beatles and Stones could pop in to see their interviewer at home (as Jagger did in 1968), and be unguarded, frank, and open in their discussions.


Interview with John Lennon

Interview with Mick Jagger

Interview with Pete Townshend

Interview with Paul McCartney

One Book, Two Editions

Classic edition


  • 384-page jacketed Hardback
  • Fully illustrated throughout
  • free download of classic interview excerpts
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The Author

Barry Miles has published more than 50 books, among them best-selling biographies of major counter-cultural figures William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Frank Zappa and Charles Bukowski. He is also the author of British Underground Press of the Sixties (Rocket 88 Books). In The Sixties: Illustrated is his first autobiographical book.
He lives in London and France. His website is

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“Beautifully packaged, eruditely written and full of insight … Barrett feels like the ultimate work of art”



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“A kaleidoscope of images, some of them pleasure-seeking, others bristling with revolutionary intent…”

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“A thing of beauty… flush with new information… it should send any reader dashing back to the music”



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