CRITICAL

CONCERNS

It's been 3 decades since 1988, when the UK experienced it’s second ‘Summer of Love’. To put it into context, the UK was almost 10 years into Margaret Thatchers repressive government, it had been 3 years since the miners strikes where agreements with the state was ending and 3 years since the opening of the M25 circular. In the mid 80's the country was being ripped apart and the harsh legacy of the strikes infused the rest of the 80's and onwards.[1]  The newly popular drug Ecstasy , precipitated the greatest upheaval of intoxicants since the dissemination of hallucinogenics in the 60's[2], and the rise in popularity of house records from Chicago and techno from Detroit gave birth to the UK's acid house movement.

 

 

 

 

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[1] Jeremy Deller, Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984 - 1992, (2019). [TV programme] BBC Four: BBC Four.

[2] Walton, S. (2002). Out Of It: A Cultural History of Intoxication. 1st ed. New York: Three Rivers Press, p.160.