Sixties Pizzazz
The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music

Saul Bellow      Bill Cosby     Herzog     Arthur Miller     Elia Kazan     Barbara Loden     Marilyn Monroe     Jason Robards Jr.     Richard Hofstadter     Thomas Berger     Jack Crabb     Little Big Man     Dick Gregory     Irving Wallace      Hubert Selby     Last Exit to Brooklyn     Herbert Marcuse     Marshall McLuhan     Alec Guinness     Sandy Dennis     Mike Nichols     Bill Cosby

home arrow



Books & Comedy of...

left arrow

1964 history

1964 television
1964 music
1964 movies &celebrities
1964 cars & races
1964 sports
1964 gadgets & toys

  1950s 1960s 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970s 1980s

Fiction 1964


herzog Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow - Herzog

Not until he was 50 did Saul Bellow write the classic Herzog winning the National Book Award. A five day slice of life of a Jewish intellectual college professor going out of his mind when his personal life falls apart.








little big man

Thomas Berger - Little Big Man


111 year old Jack Crabb narrates the story of his life as an indian and an indian fighter. It takes the reader through the historical events of the 19th century west from a very different point of view. The best Western novel of its time.





the man irving wallace

Irving Wallace - The Man


Through a series of unexpected deaths, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Douglass Dilman - Black man - becomes President of the United States. He subsequently suffers assassination attempts and a race related impeachment




last exit to brooklyn




Hubert Selby Jr. - Last Exit to Brooklyn


A raw slice of the hopeless lives of those on the bottom of our society. Written with such shocking language it was banned in Britain.







Ernest Hemingway - A Moveable Feast

Gore Vidal - Julian
Shel Silverstein - The Giving Tree

Chinua Achebe - Arrow of God
Lloyd Alexander - The Book of Three
Poul Anderson - Time and Stars
Louis Auchincloss - The Rector of Justin
J. G. Ballard - The Terminal Beach
Ray Bradbury - The Machineries of Joy
John Braine - The Jealous God
J. Ramsey Campbell - The Inhabitant of the Lake and Less Welcome Tenants
A. J. Cronin - A Song of Sixpence
Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Len Deighton - Funeral in Berlin
August Derleth editor - Over the Edge
Ralph Ellison - Shadow and Act
Ian Fleming - You Only Live Twice
Carl Jacobi - Portraits in Moonlight
B. S. Johnson - Albert Angelo
Richard E. Kim - The Martyred
Ruth Manning-Sanders - A Book of Dwarfs
John D. MacDonald - A Purple Place For Dying
Sterling North - Rascal
Vladimir Nabokov - The Defense
Jan Pfloog - The Farm Book
Anthony Powell - The Valley of Bones
Mario Puzo - Fortunate Pilgrim
Ellery Queen - And On the Eighth Day
Ruth Rendell - From Doon With Death
Clark Ashton Smith - Tales of Science and Sorcery
Wilbur Smith - When the Lion Feeds
Rex Stout - Trio for Blunt Instruments
Rex Stout - A Right to Die
Leon Uris - Armageddon
Raymond Williams - Second Generation
Maia Wojciechowska - Shadow of a Bull


More on each new book of 1964 at Wikipedia




Literary News 1964

Arthur Miller After the FallArthur Miller's "After the Fall," premieres in New York City. Directed by Elia Kazan and starring Barbara Loden as the Marilyn Monroe character and Jason Robards Jr. as Miller, it became the controversy of the year for its demeaning portrayal of not only the recently dead Monroe but it's sexist nature. Though it won a Tony for Barbara Loden and a Tony nomination for Robards, it is considered to be Arthur Miller's lemon.


Pulitzer prize for non fiction awarded to Richard Hofstadter for his book Anti-intellectualism



Non Fiction 1964


dick gregory

Dick Gregory - Nigger: An Autobiography

Gregory’s autobiography became the best-selling book of the year. His choice for the title was explained in the forward, where Dick Gregory wrote a note to his mother. "Whenever you hear the word ‘Nigger’ you’ll know they are advertising my book.






games people play

Eric Berne - Games People Play

Psychiatrist Eric Berne describes both functional and dysfunctional social interactions. It defines three ego-states; the Child, the Parent, and the Adult and when the winner of our games of interaction most always go to those who play the adult.





John F. Kennedy - A Nation of Immigrants (published posthumously)

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Why We Can't Wait

Allan Bloom with Harry V. Jaffa - Shakespeare's Politics
Herbert Marcuse - One-Dimensional Man
Marshall McLuhan - Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man



1964 Tony Awards (theater)


Play - Luther

Actor - Alec Guinness, Dylan

Actress - Sandy Dennis, Any Wednesday

Supporting or Featured Actor - Hume Cronyn, Hamlet

Supporting or Featured Actress - Barbara Loden, After the Fall


Barbara Loden


Author - John Osborne, Luther

Director - Mike Nichols, Barefoot in the Park



Comedy 1964


bill cosby I started out as a child


1964 Grammy for Best Comedy Performance: I Started Out as a Child - Bill Cosby

With his second comedy album, Bill Cosby goes on to win the Grammy for the next 8 years.

Take a trip back in time...
To the year you were born
The year you graduated
Memories are made of this...


Please help by Sharing



Sixties Pizzazz


The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Sixties Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


These websites are safe for Middle school and above.


Other Pizzazz Sites


Sixties Pizzazz is part of a larger procress still under construction. It includes Fifties Pizass, Seventies Pizzazz, and the still beta of Eighties Pizzazz. They all are similar in our effort to make recent history fun and intersting for the next generation.



Fifties Pizzazz


Sixties Pizzazz



Seventies Pizzazz



Eighties Pizzazz




Sixties Pizzazz
The Sixties through the years in pictures, videos, sound and music
The 1960s
(c) Copyright 2006 - 2013