Gardners This work gives a portrait of the swinging sixties uncensored - as viewed by celebrated photographer and diarist Cecil Beaton.
Blackwell North Amer The enthusiastic reception for The Unexpurgated Beaton, the first volume of the diaries of Cecil Beaton as he wrote them, has prompted Hugo Vickers to return to the 145 original manuscript volumes for a second effervescent and un-retouched selection. Here is Cecil in the second half of the 1960s, at the peak of his career as a photographer and designer. The triumph of My Fair Lady, which he designed for both the theatre and on film, is behind him. As this volume opens, Sir Winston Churchill lies dying. But it is off with the old and on with the new - this is the 'swinging sixties', the era of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Mary Quant. Cecil the photographer is as much in demand as ever, still contributing to Vogue, even occasionally making an exception for old friends and becoming a bridal photographer once again, as he did for Lucy Lambton. Cecil the designer signs up for the Alan Jay Lerner-Andre Previn musical Coco, based on the life of his old friend Coco Chanel. Here in unexpurgated form for the first time is his chilling account of that gruesome experience, over which the menacing figure of Katharine Hepburn looms large. Beaton also travels aboard Cecile de Rothschild's yacht with Greta Garbo. He encounters Andy Warhol and Picasso and is fascinated by how the new generation tests the boundaries as he and his friends had done in the 1920s.