In a BBC Radio 4 programme Jarvis Cocker of Pulp and artist Jeremy Deller talk about a walking trail they’ve made in the Peak District. Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie present a feast of great music and chat for weekend breakfast.
Jarvis is reputed to have started Pulp when he was on the dole in Sheffield but that might just be an urban myth. Jeremy Deller’s famous work is ‘The History of the World’ where he connects brass bands and acid house, here,
The backstory includes reference to the Kinder Mass Trespass which opened up the National Park movement. Like Deller connecting acid house and brass bands, seeing this as art and performance opens up interesting perspectives on outdoor activity and AEOL. Ewan McColl wrote Manchester Rambler to celebrate the protest, which he attended. In the song he sings ‘I may be a wage slave on Monday, but I am a free man on Sunday,’ This connects with the way rave culture grew out of a counterbalance to Thatcherism and the austerity of the 80’s. As embodied performative, rave, outdoor leisure (and AEOL), Pride and Queer Theory are linked. Interestingly much of the early Rave culture occured in outdoor and feral or abandoned industrial sites. There is even a suggestion that ‘The Festival’ was originally the purpose of Stonehenge. See here and here. For more on performativity see the last Performativity entry on my blog here