‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive / But to be young was very Heaven!’
So wrote the poet, William Wordsworth, about his arrival in Paris in 1790 when he was young, in love, and an ardent supporter of the French Revolution. But Wordsworth’s words could equally describe being young in the 1960s, a similarly heady period when the old social mores were chucked out, and a revolutionary, youth-led counter culture in fashion, ideas, music, and much else, swept in.
Swinging London; note the new Post Office tower – with a slowly-revolving restaurant at the top
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