This autumn V&A brings a major new exhibition, which will invesatigate how a counterculture of rebellion challenged existing power structures in the late 60s.
The show will explore the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today. From global civil rights, multiculturalism, environmentalism, consumerism, computing, communality to neoliberalist politics, the world we live in has been vitally influenced by five revolutionary years 1966 – 70. You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 70 will investigate the upheaval, the explosive sense of freedom, and the legal changes that took place resulting in a fundamental shift in the mindset of the Western world.
Highlights on display will show the creative, social and legal outputs of revolutionary new ways of living. They will include underground magazines from Oz to the International Times; a shopping list written behind barricades during the 1968 Paris student riots; a moon rock on loan from NASA alongside the space suit worn by William Anders, who took the defining ‘Earthrise’ photograph on the Apollo 8 mission.
One of the most significant and rare loans is from George Harrison’s widow, Olivia. She is allowing, for the first time, the V&A to borrow her late husband’s peach-coloured Sgt Pepper suit. It will go on display next to John Lennon’s vibrant yellow suit and near to handwritten lyrics for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
Objects are drawn from the breadth of the V&A’s varied collections, alongside important loans to highlight connections between people, places, music and movements across the UK, Europe and the USA.
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 - 70
10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017