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Motivated by potentially turning Flushing Meadows, literally a land of refuse, into his greatest public park, Robert Mosesa€”New York's qMaster Builderqa€”brought the World's Fair to the Big Apple for 1964 and '65. Though considered a financial failure, the 1964-65 World' s Fair was a Sixties flashpoint in areas from politics to pop culture, technology to urban planning, and civil rights to violent crime. In an epic narrative, the New York Times bestseller Tomorrow-Land shows the astonishing pivots taken by New York City, America, and the world during the Fair. It fetched Disney's empire from California and Michelangelo's La Pieta from Europe; and displayed flickers of innovation from Ford, GM, and NASAa€”from undersea and outerspace colonies to personal computers. It housed the controversial work of Warhol (until Governor Rockefeller had it removed); and lured Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Meanwhile, the Faira€”and its house band, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadiansa€”sat in the musical shadows of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, who changed rock-and-roll right there in Queens. And as Southern civil rights efforts turned deadly, and violent protests also occurred in and around the Fair, Harlem-based Malcolm X predicted a frightening future of inner-city racial conflict. World's Fairs have always been collisions of eras, cultures, nations, technologies, ideas, and art. But the trippy, turbulent, Technicolor, Disney, corporate, and often misguided 1964-65 Fair was truly exceptional.... 2006), which was key to trying to understanding the Fab Four and the impact they had in both Britain and the United States in 1963a€“64. ... My account of New York Citya#39;s crackdown on the downtown art scene was drawn from a wide range of sources (see my notes for Chapter 19). ... to America by Martin Goldsmith (J. Wiley, 2004); Bob Spitza#39;s The Beatles; and Jonathan Goulda#39;s Cana#39;t Buy Me Love.

Author:Joseph Tirella
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2013-12-23


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