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America’s Cold War culture boom

From artistic experimentation to an explosion in pop music, Louis Menand looks at American art and ideas between 1945-65

Published: February 2, 2022 at 4:16 pm
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From artistic experimentation to an explosion in pop music, Louis Menand speaks to Ellie Cawthorne about American art, culture and ideas between 1945-65. They touch on the Beatles making waves in the US, the rise of counterculture, and how silent compositions and messy canvases redefined the boundaries of art.

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Louis Menand is the author of The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War (HarperCollins, 2021)

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Ellie CawthornePodcast editor, HistoryExtra

Ellie Cawthorne is HistoryExtra’s podcast editor. She also contributes to BBC History Magazine, runs the podcast newsletter and hosts several live and virtual BBC History Magazine events.

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