The latest blockbuster show at London’s V&A Museum is ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970,’ a look back at the sixties and the cultural and political influence that decade continues to exert. I haven’t visited the show yet but expect a significant role for magazines in the portrayal of the era.
To mark the opening of the exhibition, the V&A Magazine has commisoned a number of features, including an overview of the sixties by GQ editor Dylan Jones and insider stries of alternative magazine publishing from Spare Rib’s Marsha Rowe and Time Out founder Tony Elliott.
The magazine also commisioned a cover design from Pearce Marchbank, the man who created iconic covers for Time Out as well as co-editing and designing Oz magazine in the early seventies. The cover uses the medium of the time – pin badges – to set the visual, political and cultural context for the exhibition.
This is the final issue of the V&A Magazine to be edited by Thomas Phongsathorn. We wish him well as he heads into freelance editing and writing, and hope his successor continues his intelligent use of the magazine format.
Art director: Andrew Johnson