Friday 25 April 2008

waking up

Christopher Hitchens tells Prospect about his last year as a teenager:

'All through '68 you woke up every morning to something new. The Tet offensive. Martin Luther King is shot. Then de Gaulle is nearly overthrown, then Robert Kennedy is shot, the tanks roll into Prague. Then there's the Mexico Olympics—students shot down in the streets, Black Panthers on the podium—and Northern Ireland blows up.'

And then - the mag also points out - there's the abolition of the Lord Chamberlain's role as official censor of plays, the first episode of Dad's Army, Hey Jude reaches Number One in the UK, and cast members of Hair strip off and face the audience.

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