While some may quarrel with the premise of the title, since other landmarks in music had caused upheaval in previous years, readers will follow the author's lead as he combines the year's musical happenings with economic, political and social news of the time. Drugs played a major role in both creation of music and its performance. Major groups and individuals influenced one another whether through admiration or envy.
The author's writing style does not match the excitement of the subject, but anyone who lived through the era in question will enjoy the chance to revisit it. The author also makes a major error in identifying Doctor Zhivago as 1965's Oscar-winning Best Picture . That honor went to The Sound of Music. Younger listeners, newly drawn to vinyl recordings, will learn how the stars of fifty years ago earned their status.