Television brought into people's living rooms coverage of violent events, such as the assassination of Robert Kennedy and the horrors of the Vietnam War. A pan-European wave of protest and dissent was particularly violently expressed in France, while in London the 'Battle of Grosvenor Square' accompanied a protest march to the American Embassy. The Beatles and The Rolling Stones both reacted with songs that reflected world events.
The Rolling Stones' single Jumpin' Jack Flash, with David Bailey's picture sleeve, released on 24 May, put the group back at No.1 in the charts for the first time since 'Paint It Black' in May 1966. The group ended the year with the release of the much delayed Beggar's Banquet album, its inside gatefold depicting a scene of high decadence, photographed by Michael Joseph.
The Beatles spent much of the year recording a double album of thirty tracks, now known as the 'White Album'. In the middle of recording they spent a summer afternoon being photographed by noted war photographer Don McCullin, amongst others, at seven pre-arranged London venues, including Notting Hill Gate, Old Street, Highgate and McCartney's house in St John's Wood.