How Was It for You? The dark side of the 1960s sexual revolution
Book review: “The thing about the Sixties was that it was totally male-dominated”
Before feminism, way before MeToo, there wasn’t the language or the self-belief. Photograph: Gamma-Rapho/Keystone France via Getty
You know what they say: if you remember the 1960s, you weren’t really there. Virginia Nicholson was a shy girleen in bare legs and a cotton dress when that decade was going full bore; now she’s put together a kaleidoscopic, 492-page history of that most “yeasty” of decades: cue the pill, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, tights, Mary Quant, Christine Keeler, the Beatles, the Vietnam war, the Rolling Stones, civil rights, Thalidomide, abortion, mini-skirts, Ready Steady Go, hippies, Zandra Rhodes, “free” love, rock’n’roll, RD Laing, drugs and, at the 11th hour, feminism.