On Brandon Hill is the FIRST EVER comprehensive history of post-war Bristolian culture, spanning the years 1945 to 2020 (or thereabouts) and covering all the major art forms for which the city is famous – music, TV, animation, street art – as well as its less celebrated contributions to film, theatre, literature, fine art etc. While in no way pretending to be definitive or objective, the major players – Banksy and Bilk, Massive Attack and Portishead, Adge Cutler and Ashton Court, Angela Carter and Cary Grant, The Young Ones and Little Britain – are all present and correct. At the same time, On Brandon Hill (OBH for short) shows how “ordinary” Bristolians have both enjoyed and contributed to the local arts scene over a period of seven decades, watching their city consistently punch below its weight before finally exploding into national (and international) consciousness at the tail end of the last century.
Weaving family history, personal memory and a gurt big dollop of West Country humour into the bigger cultural picture, the book creates what Ben Slater, editor of 90s Bristol arts magazine Entropy, describes as “a great rush of stories-within-stories, the non-fiction One Hundred Years of Solitude of the Bristol literary, filmic and musical under/overgrounds….”
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