Andrew Lycett

1968 And All That

1968: The Year That Rocked The World

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Jonahan Cape 441pp £17.99 order from our bookshop

DON’T BE MISLED by the subtitle. This book is more Hubert ‘Rap’ Brown than Arthur Brown. ‘Rap’ headed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the United States, but that did not stop him calling on his followers to find themselves guns. ‘Violence is necessary,’ he told them – ‘it is as American as cherry pie.’ Arthur was the manic eponymous singer of the rock band, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, who used to descend onto the stage at concerts covered in flames, belting out the line ‘I am the god of hellfire’ (from his song ‘Fire’, a huge hit in the summer of 1968).

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