The year that changed a nation—through the lens of LIFE magazine
There was a contentious presidential election, an unpopular war, and the assassination of two leaders. In addition to a resistance and a rebellion that both shocked and galvanized a nation. Revisit 1968, one of the most pivotal years in modern history, a year that saw profound changes in everything from politics to race relations, music, art and culture. 1968 lets readers explore this turbulent year through unforgettable photographs from the LIFE archive, as well as essays to place them in their historical context. Events unfold before your eyes, with essays on the Vietnam War and the antiwar movement, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, NASA and the space race, rock and political activism, and the 1968 presidential election. Dozens of iconic photos plus meaningful quotes from some of the most powerful voices of the era make LIFE 1968 a thought-provoking remembrance of American history.
In Gone Too Soon: The 27 Club, LIFE pulls you into the brief and explosive lives of musicians Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse through photographs and interviews. Read how Hendrix uniquely mashed together blues and rock into a paisley-patterned kaleidoscope of sound, look at images of Cobain’s infamous MTV Unplugged special and much more. The legacy of these artists still lives and breathes onstage, embodied by musicians who looked to these icons for inspiration.
* Behind the scenes at Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, and why Wonka remains such an enduring film for children
* Inside Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers and Wilder’s partnership with director Mel Brooks
* How Wilder and Richard Pryor created comedic gold on screen
* Gilder Radner, Wilder’s beloved late wife, in her own words
SPECIAL FEATURES: George F. Will on Wrigley Field, Steve Rushin on eternal Cubhood, Cait Murphy on the 1908 Cub Champions.