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The counter culture is such a broad and diverse phenomenon that writing about it is like herding cats, but this is what Jon Savage is good at and the book would be worth buying just for his essay Robert Irwin, Times Literary Supplement, th SeptemberRobert Irwin, Times Literary Supplement, th September The writing and cornucopia of images are simply outstanding Design CurialThe late s were a period of great turbulence and rapid social and political change You Say You Want a Revolution examines that moment when youth culture drove an optimistic idealism, motivating people to come together and question established power structures across every area of society It shows how many of the issues that dominate contemporary discourse environmentalism, globalization, individualism or mass communication have roots that can be traced back to the ss design culture culminated in an orgy of colour and form a sensorial overload of Barbarella style inflatables, plush Verner Panton playrooms and high techSpace Odyssey furniture systems Here, essays on music, politics, the counter culture, social living, mind altering experiences, festivals andchart revolutions across media and culture, illustratedthroughout with some of the most iconic images of the time including the records that provided both the soundtrack and the key means of identificationThe idealism of the period informed such disparate phenomena as the high tech innovations of Silicon Valley and the environmental movement Half a century later, we can reassess the genesis of these movements and explore whether the revolutions they started can be considered complete, ongoing or interruptedPublished to accompany the V A s major autumn exhibition, You Say You Want a Revolution Records Rebels, September February