Beaton in the Sixties

Beaton in the Sixties

The Cecil Beaton Diaries as He Wrote Them, 1965-1969

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
The personal journals of an official photographer to the British royal family and Academy Award-winning Hollywood and Broadway designer feature his observations of the worlds of fashion, society, and show business during the sixites.

Book News
Beaton describes one of the world's most famous, and still performing rock bands as "incredibly untidy" with their hashish. He appears to be incapable of taking a bad photograph of Katherine Hepburn but calls her a "viper." He gleefully reports his nemesis Evelyn Waugh died of snobbery. Beaton made the most of his significant artistic talents and rose to highest prominence in portraiture, theater and film set design, but especially in the strange, closed world of money and fame. Vickers, who is also Beaton's biographer, provides very helpful annotations for these diaries, written as Beaton was hanging out with rude rock stars, cohabiting with old money, at least on holiday, and having a doomed affair with Garbo. Readers get a little insight into Beaton's design theories but a much better understanding of why the world of 1965-69 could not last. Illustrated with a wealth of Beaton's portraits. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Blackwell North Amer
This second volume of Cecil Beaton's unexpurgated diaries, from 1965 to 1969, catches this prolific photographer, artist, writer and designer at the height of his powers and at the center of everything. Hugo Vickers, the author of Beaton's acclaimed biography, went back to the original manuscripts to find the unedited material in order to sidestep Beaton's endless retouching and has added, as with the first volume of unexpurgated Beaton, notes that are as lively as the diary entries themselves.
Here is Beaton around the world, always in the hot spots of the moment: during the "swinging sixties" in London, photographing the Queen, doing fashion shoots for British Vogue, and having lunch with Noel Coward and dinner with Cyril Connolly. He is in Morocco with the Rolling Stones; in the Greek islands for a cruise on Cecile de Rothschild's yacht with his former lover, Garbo; in New York attending Truman Capote's Black-and-White Ball; at work on Alan Jay Lerner and Andre Previn's musical Coco with Katharine Hepburn and on La Traviata with Anna Moffo at the Met - he is even caught in the first big New York City blackout; he is at a dinner for President Lyndon Johnson and invited for tea and caviar with Jacqueline Onassis. He's in Mougins to photograph Picasso, and then off to Monaco to see Princess Grace, among many other adventures.

& Taylor

A second volume of Cecil Beaton's unexpurgated diaries chronicles the years from 1965 to 1969 as the photographer, artist, writer, and designer captures life during the "swinging sixties" in London, from photographing the queen, to dining with Noël Coward and Cyril Connolly, to traveling to Morocco with the Rolling Stones, to working in New York on the musical Coco.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st American edition
Description: x, 522 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781400042975
Branch Call Number: 770.92 Bea
Additional Contributors: Vickers, Hugo.


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