The Scottish Sixties

Reading, Rebellion, Revolution?


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Although a number of publications have appeared in recent years marking the importance of the ‘swinging sixties’, many tend to be personally reflective in nature and London-centric in their coverage. By contrast, The Scottish Sixties: Reading, Rebellion, Revolution? addresses this misrepresentation and in so doing fills a gap in both Scottish and British literary and cultural studies. Through a series of academic analyses based on archival records, ephemera and work produced during the 1960s, this volume focuses, uniquely, on Scotland. In its concern with some of the key figures of Scottish cultural life, the book considers amongst other topics the implications of censorship, the role of little magazines in shaping cultural debates, the radical nature of much Scottish literature of the time, developments in the avant-garde and the role of experiment in theatre, film, TV, fine art and music.

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"This collection of essays is a long overdue account of the impact of the 1960s on Scottish literature, film, art, television and music. The authors bring to the project an expertise in a range of fields in order to critically examine some of the myths and counter-myths of this seminal decade. […] The volume is a welcome addition to the historiography of the 1960s. There is much detail, nuance and complexity in the way in which each author reconstructs a sense of time, place, identity, movement and conflict." – Keith Gildart, University of Wolverhampton, in: Northern Scotland 7.1 (2016), pp. 121-124
"[…] we can be grateful for this survey of the decade's tensions and developments, its passionate encounters between the generations – so well embodied in the startling illustration which adorns its cover" – David Robb, University of Dundee, in: The Bottle Imp 2014 [Full review]
"The fifteen essays collected in The Scottish Sixties vividly and authoritatively map out the key events and figures through which Scotland was plugged into international artistic, cultural and social changes.There are engaging portraits of iconic individuals such as Tom McGrath (in interview with Bartie), Hamish Henderson (Corey Gibson), Ian Hamilton Finlay (Tom Normand and others) and Edwin Morgan (James McGonigal and others); and of lesserknown figures such as Margaret Tait (Duncan Petrie), D.M. Black and Kenneth Whyte (Roderick Watson)." – Greg Thomas, University of Edinburgh, in: Studies in Scottish Literature 40:1 (2014), pp. 235-240 [Full review]
Eleanor Bell: Introduction
Tom Devine: The Sixties in Scotland: A Historical Context
Angela Bartie: Explorer: Into the Sixties with Tom McGrath
Roderick Watson: Scottish Poetry: The Scene and the Sixties
Richard Price: Some Questions about Literary Infrastructure in the 1960s
James McGonigal: Edwin Morgan, Hugh MacDiarmid and the Direction of the MacAvantgarde
Alistair McCleery: Late News from the Provinces: The Trial of Cain’s Book
Sylvia Bryce-Wunder: Through Expatriate Eyes: Muriel Spark, Alexander Trocchi, and the Empowerment of Scottish Literature during the 1960s
Margery Palmer McCulloch: Culture and the City: Poetry, Painting and Music in 1960s Glasgow
Bob Anderson: Clan Balls, Luvvers and Incredible Strings: Popular Music in 1960s Glasgow
Corey Gibson: The Folkniks in the Kailyard: Hamish Henderson and the ‘Folk-song Flyting’
Linda Gunn: Mind the Gap: Scottish Theatre in the 1960s?
Duncan Petrie: Planting the Seeds of Ambition: Scottish Film in the 1960s
John Corbett: Photographing Lallans: Alan Daiches, Alexander Scott and Sydney Goodsir Smith’s Poems for Television
Tom Normand: Re-thinking ‘Provincialism’: Scotland’s Visual Culture in the 1960s
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