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Popular Culture in Britain and America II

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Rock and Roll, Counterculture, Peace and Protest


This new content to Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975 has a strong emphasis on popular entertainment, mass media and consumer culture and continues to explore the wide range of political, cultural and social themes introduced in Section I by complementing the collection with materials such as:

  • Original video footage spanning 1950-1975 featuring key personalities from JFK, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe to the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
  • Artist files, record company documents, chart lists, fan magazines, photographs and posters from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Important records on the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland from the National Archives.
  • Press kits for popular feature films (movies) and television from Bowling Green State University.
  • Full colour mail order catalogues.
  • Advertising proofs.
  • Further photographic material sourced from the Mirrorpix Archives.
  • Documents from the Labour Party archive charting social change.
  • Complete run of Gandalf’s Garden magazine.
  • Music fanzines and music periodicals.
  • Additional Underground and Alternative Press titles.
  • Women’s and girl’s magazines.
  • Material from Warwick University regarding the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and student unrest.
  • Interviews with key figures of the day such as Suzi Quatro, Barry Miles and co-founder of Australian Oz magazine, Richard Neville.

New Source Libraries and Institutions:

The existing list of source libraries and institutions is further enriched with the following:

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Archive at Warwick University
  • Labour Party Archive
  • Peter Whitehead Archive
  • The Felix Dennis Archive