Yareah magazine next issue is being titled “The Sixties”, an exciting time full of changes, of economic developments, political achievements and failures. Great people (Kennedy, Martin L. King, Malcolm X…), great tensions (Bay of Pigs invasion, Vietnam War, Portuguese’s Colonial conflicts…), great new dimensions (Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, first heart transplantation by Barnard…).
For Arts was a great period, full of changes and peculiar artists (Warhol, Basquiat, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Smithson…) searching new ways of expression (Pop, Action Painting, Op or Land art, Hyperrealism…).
The sixties were the age of youth. Children from the post 2nd World War baby boom became young adults and following the achievements of the Generation Beat eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and writing. Many of the revolutionary ideas which began in the sixties are continuing to develop today.
In America Sylvia Plath or Mary McCarthy wrote about women in roles outside those of the happy wives and mothers. Marshall McLuhan popularized the idea of the ‘global village’ and Harper Lee the ‘races gap’.
In Europe, the old policy exploded (May 68) while Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir marked the new tendencies.
In 1963, John le Carre had published ‘The Spy who Came in from the Cold’ and in 1967, Gabriel Garcia Marquez will publish ‘One hundred years of Solitude’. New ways, great genres, which will continue all of the century, still now.
Psychedelia, freedom, sexual new habits, appreciation of African culture, of Indian mysticism, of gay rights.
Some people mistook their personal journeys, they fell into drugs, into radicalism. Some countries complicated their future, but some others started their democracies and, above all, everybody spoke of human rights.
An interesting time, of flowers and happy hippies spitting on the atomic bomb.
Yareah magazine would like to hear your opinion: you can send your experience, your parent’s experience, your article or short story. A poem about those psychedelic years or a picture to celebrate this next number: issue 25.
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