Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition – “You Say You Want A Revolution?” – opens Sept. 10, 2016 in London

I got interviewed via Skype (with which I’m not too comfortable, at least doing an intercontinental interview) by the BBC yesterday. A last-minute deal.

The Victoria and Albert Museum has an exhibit opening next week titled:

“You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970”

“How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?”

They’ve been working on this a long time; they came to our house with a camera crew about a year ago; then a month or so ago, V&A personnel along with four British reporters interviewed Stewart Brand and me for several hours in San Francisco. What were the 60s like? What role do the Whole Earth Catalog have in the countercultural revolution? Etc.

 Here’s the news program that ran in the UK last night:

 Here’s info on the exhibit:

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

3 Responses to Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition – “You Say You Want A Revolution?” – opens Sept. 10, 2016 in London

  1. Lloyd, always a joy/ often an inspiration to read your blog.

    Thank you for passing this on.

    Wish I could hear and see the entirety.

    I have long enjoyed / devoured / consumed

    reading/words/stories – fact and fiction – , both written and from folks who spoke their stories/experiences/knowledge.

    The thoughts and feelings have always been, to me, a tangible connection between

    first spoken experiences of ancient times, current thoughts and, future science and experience.

    As a very young child (three or so), I relished my parents or others speaking of their early yrs, my grandparents early yrs,

    and this enjoyment (hunger) continued. As a young adult, I was often popular with elderly who spoke of their lives, as they

    appreciated the rapt attention. I never really found a way to make clear that I often felt like I had won the lottery to hear their

    thoughts and experiences.

    I truly felt it was (hearing them) an important part of a long and winding road from ancient spoken

    experience, to what I at the time currently experienced, to what is to go on in the future. Future science, future creation, future fiction. From a very young age, it all seemed so

    connected, to me. So much a connected part of past/present and future to come.

    Well that is all very long and rambling,


    watching the video clip…Steve Jobs, and you commenting…


    it all seemed so much a part of what I have felt all these years.

    "the world was changing, but it didn't quite go the way everybody thought it would"

    …"and it influenced one Steve Jobs"

    Steve Jobs " When I was young, there was an amazing publication, called the Whole Earth Catalogue. It was

    sort of like Google…………………………"

    Llloyd Kahn "I thought, That's pretty great, that what we were doing back then, was picked up on by

    this guy"..

    Yes, I would agree. It is "pretty great".

    People like you who find ways and means to pass on your thoughts and experiences

    channel/fashion/create and foment the future. People like you, I believe are/will be the nourishment of those

    who fashion the science and fiction and life to come. Steve Jobs was a creative, technological genius….but….

    His "tools" (yikes, would he squelch me for calling his genius machines tools?…ah well)…made him unbelievably

    wealthy (hey, not knocking that, wouldn't mind some myself)…But…they are just tools, all those fancy gadgets and

    so forth…Take the batteries out…moderately useful paperweights…

    You, channel/fashion/create and foment the future, reflect the past, and relish the present.

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