Thoughtful Gifts for Curious People
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An adrenaline-charged rollercoaster through history's seismic first nights, exploring how individual artists can change and shape the story of culture. This book tells of times when 'the air between people seems to alter' as art achieves profound change, across the globe and across history. It begins in New York in 1963, as Lorraine Hansberry remakes American theatre and a nation's perception of race. And then, as the lights go up, we find ourselves in Renaissance Florence, watching Michelangelo's David being hauled into the Piazza della Signoria. The dust settles and we are transported to the birth of theatre in fifth-century Athens - and then to Paris to meet with Diaghilev and Stravinsky for the Rite of Spring. We witness kabuki's creation, as a radical women's performance, in Kyoto; the Sex Pistols shattering Thatcherite Britain at Manchester's Free Trade Hall; and watch as Hitchcock directs Psycho.
Paperback, 384 pages
Measures 12.9 x 19.9 x 2.5cm