No-one has written a proper history of Bristol in the second half of the twentieth century, cultural or otherwise, and half a million people are simply crying out for it!  Just think: Acker Bilk, Angela Carter, the Arnolfini, Ashton Court Free Festival, Aardman Animations, Alfred the Gorilla… and that’s just the As!  Factor in cult movie Radio On (see separate post) People’s Band Magic Muscle, Fred Wedlock, the Keiths Floyd & Christmas, St Paul’s Carnival, the Dockland Settlement,  The Young Ones, Fem FM, Bristol Broadsides, Banksy, John Boorman, Tom Stoppard, Richard Long, Crystal Theatre, Matt Lucas & David Walliams, etc etc and I might be on to something. As of November 2017 I’ve embarked on what is proving to be a much longer research process than anticipated: reading; listening; watching and re-watching films; trawling old bookshops and libraries; tracking down, contacting and interviewing old friends and strangers…. Just don’t expect the definitive  history of post-war Bristol culture, or any new dirt on the whole Dug Out/Wild Bunch/Massive Attack scene: that’s been done to death and Phil Johnson’s Straight Outta Bristol  has it pretty much covered. Look forward, instead, to another sui generis take on the world of Plankton, this time with more historical perspective and less introspection!

 

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