I’m a live music fan. I’ve attended many festivals over years. Getting lost in a field has been a rite of passage for me and my mates.
Like a vision quest for the jilted generation.
Rave culture and later dance music centred around Ibiza and the UK club scene have been the places where men and women of the 90/00’s have acted out the great shamanic rituals. In fact, music throughout the generations since the sixties has played the role of community initiation in the UK.
I got an email today that led me to discover the Museum of Youth Culture. It’s a fantastic resource that combines a few of my favourite things; music, travel and photography. The audio recording in the Museum Collections is stunning. It’s brilliant medley of the eras; a cheeky dip into some of the trends and tipping points from the UK’s rich cultural heritage. The Bowie section at 28 minutes is electric.
A couple of my favourites from the photographic archive:
- modern underground rave culture from @mollymacindoe and her collection in the gallery
- northern soul photographed by Tony Davis
- carnival as shot by @babycakesromero
It’s excited me about the possibilities for this blog. The potentialities for curation to share the stuff that I love and how that sits with an alternative art of living. An understanding of where we came from to inform where we could go is pure vibes to my craft.
The Museum of Youth Culture are pulling together a new archive called Grown Up In Britain.
From first loves to first jobs, favourite hangouts to best school stories. We are building a collective memory of what it was and is like growing up in Britain and we want you to get involved! Share your memories and photographs of being a teenager and become part of the Museum of Youth Culture.
In the face of continuing self-isolation and lockdowns, lets get out the family albums and shoe box archives and share our memories of being young!
I’ve recently been shuffling through the family albums to make a collection for my folks. It was a beautiful, nostalgic act, full of joy and happy memories. The invitation to contribute to this new archive resonated with me.