Were the hippies right?

Two hippies photographed in a doorway in Haight-Ashbury in 1969
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Peter Aspden traces how much of today’s thinking was formed by the radicals of the time

Edward Kienholz’s ‘Five Car Stud’ (1969-72)
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Review: Edward Kienholz, Prada Foundation

A powerful and deeply disturbing exhibition

Bob Dylan backstage at the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert in 1966

The Life of a Song: ‘Like a Rolling Stone’

Bob Dylan’s tumbling, cascading 1965 hit was originally written as a vengeful stream of ‘vomit’

Installation view of Adrián Villar Rojas’s ‘Rinascimento’ (2015)
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Adrián Villar Rojas on show in Turin

The Argentine artist talks about moving boulders from Turkey to Italy — and why he hates exhibition openings

Valérie Belin wins the 2015 Prix Pictet

The French photographer won the prize for her 2014 series ‘Still Life’

Kristen Sieh (left) and Libby King in ‘RoosevElvis’
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The great American road trip

Elvis Presley and Teddy Roosevelt drive across the US in an ambitious play by the Team

The Royal Academy's north-facing entrance, Burlington Gardens
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Ai show hits jarring note as Xi visit nears

Any embarrassment unlikely to take gloss off UK-China exchanges

Alice, Dum and Dee in the musical ‘wonder.land’, which is showing at this year’s festival

Expect the unexpected at Manchester

How the city’s biennial festival has become a hothouse for creative partnerships

Doug Aitken at the Barbican Centre, London.
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Doug Aitken: in search of perpetual fluidity

The Californian multimedia artist talks about artistic experimentation, happenings and being born in 1968

John Lennon signing a copy of ‘In His Own Write’

John Lennon’s ‘In His Own Write’ on stage

Peter Aspden meets the man behind the new adaptation of the Beatle’s word play-obsessed nonsense rhymes

Sewers, zithers and cuckoo clocks

As ‘The Third Man’ is re-released, assistant director Guy Hamilton discusses working with Orson Welles

American Sniper — DVD review

Clint Eastwood’s finely crafted movie about Chris Kyle

The Life of a Song: ‘Misirlou’

Dick Dale’s version started the ‘surfers’ stomp’ movement

FT Weekend at 30: Culture shocks

It is hard to imagine the extent of the chaos in which Britain’s arts world was operating in 1985

Germany and Greece: a twisted love affair

The economic stand-off between the two countries has also become a battle for Europe’s soul

Our pick of Peter Aspden’s columns

We celebrate some of Peter Aspden’s most notable Culture Columns

Sounds of the past, ways of the future

The things that historically carried sounds can be as interesting as the content they carried

British Museum tribute draws Merkel’s eye

Chancellor’s visit coincides with talk of move by museum chief McGregor to Berlin

A sense of purpose puts emerging world in the picture

Art from developing nations has a relevance and energy that have been missing from much of western culture

A figleaf for the Parthenon Marbles

The otherwise worthy journey of Ilissos to Russia would not merit any further comment were the statue not part of the most controversial group of art works of our time


Peter AspdenPeter Aspden is the Financial Times’ arts writer, having previously been its arts editor for five years. He joined the paper in 1994, as deputy books and arts editor and a general feature writer on Weekend FT. He has written on numerous subjects, including travel, religion, politics, history, most art forms and sport: he covered the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, and the World Cup in France in 1998.

He was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics, before going into journalism. He joined the Times Higher Education Supplement in 1985, where he went on to become deputy editor. He has been writing a weekly column on contemporary culture since January 2004; it appears in the Life & Arts section every Saturday.

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