From where I was at, pop culture in the '60s was fun, clean, entertaining, and exciting. While it was a diversion from the more serious aspects of life, I didn't really think of it that way at the time. Instead, it made up the largest part of my "world."
One high point was my monthly "fix" of the pop magazines. 16 Magazine was a longtime favorite. While it had existed for a few years before, 16 Magazine was essentially the creation of a former fashion model named Gloria Stavers. Although Gloria Stavers was in our parents' generation, she clearly had her finger on the pulse of the youth culture, making the magazine a top favorite amongst young teens and preteens in the '60s. The magazines contained color pictures, pin-ups, tons of information about popular stars, and a column called "Dear Miss Stavers" where kids could write questions and see the answers published.
16 Spec, Tiger Beat, Fave, and Young Miss were some of the others I read on a regular basis. I recall only one instance when it occurred to me that no matter how involved I was in the teen pop culture, I was not actually "there" yet. A much-older girl had done a quiz from one of my Young Miss magazines, saying I should do the quiz also so we could compare scores. Given the subject matter of the quiz, I politely responded: "I don't date yet-- I'm only nine years old!"
Either way, from the fashions and hairstyles to bedroom walls filled with posters of stars, the pop scene summed up much of my world. For me, music was everything; and even as a youngster, I felt a part of it.