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: Angela Carter, Acker Bilk, the Arnolfini, Ashton Court Festival, Aardman Animations… and that’s just the As! Factor in cult movie Radio On (see separate post) St Paul’s Carnival, the Dockland Settlement, The Young Ones, Banksy, Revolver Records, Bristol Broadsides, Fem FM, Fred Wedlock, the Keiths Floyd & Christmas, people’s band Magic Muscle, etc etc, and I might be onto something here. As of November 2017, I’ve now started work on what promises to be a much longer research process than I had first anticipated: reading books, listening to Bristol bands and watching Bristol films; trawling old bookshops and libraries; tracking down, contacting and interviewing old friends and strangers, and pulling it all together into one sui generis whole. Just don’t expect the definitive history of post-war Bristol culture, or much new dirt on the whole Dug Out/Wild Bunch/Massive Attack scene: that’s been done to death already, and Phil Johnson’s Straight Outta Bristol tells the story as well as anyone can. Instead, you can look forward to/shudder with horror at the prospect of another peculiar take on the world of Plankton, albeit slightly less introspective and self-indulgent this time round.