Best of the Decade: 1960s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!

Andy Warhol makes a statement with cans of Campbell’s soup and The Beatles cross the pond to bring a new sound to the American audience. This month, we bring you a few important events as well as the books, music and movies that set the scene in the 1960s.


To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez
Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut
The Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou


Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
Live at the Apollo – James Brown
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Revolver – The Beatles
Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
Music from Big Pink – The Band
The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground


The Apartment
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dr. Strangelove
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Lawrence of Arabia
8 1/2
The Graduate
2001: A Space Odyssey


1961 Bay of Pigs invasion
1962 Warhol’s soup can paintings shown
1963 March on Washington
1963 John F. Kennedy assassinated
1964 The Beatles make US debut
1964 LBJ signs Civil Rights Act
1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated
1969 Apollo 11 moon landing
1969 Woodstock festival
1969 Sesame Street premieres

Well that sums up the 60s; a monumental decade to say the least. We’ll be getting in the groove with the next decade before you know it but for now, let us know which 60s-era books, music and movies make your list.