American Decades: 1960-1969 (American Decades) by Judith Baughman, Richard Layman, Vincent Tompkins, Victor

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However, in early 1960 it appeared that Carnegie Hall was slated for demolition by its owners after their contract with the New York Philharmonic expired in 1959 and the orchestra planned to move to Lincoln Center, then under construction. A committee, headed by violinist Isaac Stern, campaigned to save the auditorium, and in April 1960 the New York state legislature authorized the city to purchase the building. It did so, turning it over to a new corporation with Stern as president. Carnegie Hall reopened in September following renovations to the building.

Several musicians made it into the news for one reason or another — pianist Arthur Rubinstein for a remarkable comeback tour, conductor Leopold Stokowski for his return to Boston, pianist Vladimir Horowitz for his return to live concerts after a twelve-year absence — but the really famous musicians of the decade were popular, not classical. Jazz. Many of the popular musicians of the 1960s were jazzmen, including performers as diverse as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, the influential and innovative Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Thelonious Monk.

Separate awards had been given in cinematography since 1939, art direction since 1940, and costume design since 1948. • Bosley Crowther, the influential film critic of The New York Times, retires after disagreeing with most critics and moviegoers over Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which he disliked and the public loved. • Switched-On Bach, an album of music by Johann Sebastian Bach performed on the Moog synthesizer by Walter (later, after a sex change, Wendy) Carlos, is popular with classical listeners as well as young people.

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