An hour long film/lecture by Jeremy Deller. Originally screened at Frieze last year, it was on BBC Four this week. If you’re in the UK, or can VPN, you can see it at the above link. If not… there’s definitely a version floating around Youtube at the moment, but who knows how long that will last. I imagine it won’t be too hard to track down.
It’s a continued, condensed take on Deller’s perspectives on Britain in that period of time - see A History of the World passim. I really like how he’s totally open about it being incomplete, and how he presents it as a story he tells, to a class of 17-18 year olds.
I really enjoyed it, because I like stories and lectures; also, I’m sympathetic to his take on the world, and especially his way of presenting it. It’s not shown as gospel; just one way of seeing the world.
Recommended here - and given a thread for discussion - because of the topics it covers and joins that Lines members may enjoy: the connections between house, techno, rave culture, the collapse of industry and what that did for society, workers’ rights, left-wing protest in the 80s and 90s, sound systems, music-as-culture. Great stuff.