'You Say You Want a Revolution': 9 moments that defined the '60s

Updated 9th September 2016
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'You Say You Want a Revolution': 9 moments that defined the '60s
Written by Allyssia Alleyne, CNN
A decade of mass legal, demographic and social change, the 1960s saw widespread upheaval across much of the world. But it was also a time of revolutionary design, music and art.
This season, "You Say You Want a Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966-1970," a new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, looks at how the ideas and aesthetics aligned.
"We are framing this period in the 60s as a moment when people -- in particularly the youth across every area of society, and across, Britain, America and most of Europe -- went through a series of radical shifts by imagining better worlds, better ways of living that then came to pass," said co-curator Victoria Broackes ahead of the exhibition's September 10 opening.
While the exhibition does focus heavily on the music and personalities that shaped the era, Broackes stresses that the exhibition is as much about the radical ideas they represented.
George Harrison's sitar, idyllic Woodstock footage and Mick Jagger's velvet Ossie Clark jumpsuit are juxtaposed by the CIA's anti-Black Panther pamphlets, protest posters from the 1968 French student strikes and Maoist propaganda.
"We started from the point of view that this was not to be a nostalgia trip into the sixties. It wasn't 'Oh, wasn't it so great and groovy?' In every area there's a counterpoint to it."
Click through the gallery above to find out more about some of the most revolutionary moments, personalities and designs of the period.