The Bad Trip
Dark Omens, New Worlds and the End of the Sixties
A historical assessment of the less optimistic tone of the end of the sixties, defined by such dark events as the Manson murders, the spree of the Zodiac Killer and the violent turn of events at the Rolling Stones' concert at Altamont. Considers how music, art and film responded to this climate.
James Riley is a Fellow of English Literature at Girton College, Cambridge, focusing on modern and contemporary literature, popular film and 1960s culture. He co-edited
The 1960s: A Decade of Modern British Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2018). He also makes films and performs spoken word poetry.