New release: Psychedelic Celluloid. Simon Matthews, contributing writer for Record Collector and Shindig!, has released a new book that will appeal to Spy Vibers. From the press release: "The definitive guide to the decade when swinging London was the film capital of the world. Illustrated throughout with colour images, Psychedelic Celluloid covers over 300 British and European films and TV shows from the Beatles via Bond spin offs to crazy personal follies de grandeur, Blow Up and its imitators, concert movies, documentaries, stylish horror films and many more. Carefully researched and drawing on interviews with some of the survivors of the era, it provides a witty and detailed account of each major production, listing its stars, directors, producers and music and showing how they were linked to the fashion and trends of the period." His approach is very similar to the Spy Vibe book I'm working on for Hermes Press (hoping for a summer 2018 release), so I'm especially keen to check out the book. You can read more about Psychedelic Celluloid in The Independent. Author interview here. Limited editions at Old Castle Books. Also available at booksellers and Amazon and AmazonUK. Publisher press release: "After The Beatles stormed America, every Hollywood and European production company descended on London to be part of the new swinging scene... and they didn't leave until they'd signed up every able-bodied pop group or singer to appear in one of their films. A unique and carefully researched cultural history of UK film, TV and music in the swinging 60s. A time when no film or TV programme was without a group, singer or fantastic soundtrack - and London was briefly the film capital of the world. Containing individual summaries of over 120 films, covering everything from John Barry to Pink Floyd via Blow Up, the Electric Banana, Serge Gainsbourg, Magical Mystery Tour, David hemmings, Kubrick, Godard, Jodorowsdky and the London cast of Hair. With comprehensive listings of over 500 related features, documentaries, TV programmes and shorts, an unforgettable trip through the swinging 60s." Matthews is also planning to release companion books about the preceding era and about British film from 1975-1986, so stay tuned for updates. Thanks to Jhalal Drut for getting this on my radar. Spy Vibers, Episode #2 of my new radio spot on Cocktail Nation is live! This month I talk about the 1965 Sci-Fi classic film, The 10th Victim. More info here. Enjoy!
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