Equality

Society of the Spectacle

The arrival of the Acid House scene in the late 80s had transformed audiences into participants. At The Hacienda in Manchester and at underground parties in London, I’d experienced a real sense of involvement and social equality. Once that equality had been glimpsed there was no going back to the old rock n roll relationship between performers and audiences. A relationship that – whether intentional or not – reinforced the old power structures of us and them. At the underground parties, the dance floor was no longer the pit for the worshipping minions. No longer a place to gaze up adoringly at some contrived act strutting about on a pedestal. The dance floor had been reclaimed by the people as a free social space – a place where people felt centred, balanced – together. Not a new idea, but one that successive overlords have relentlessly outlawed – and attempted to write out of history.

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10 responses

11 06 2011
Jon

I think you’ve nailed it here – it was a revolution on so many levels

13 06 2011
straywayward

The struggle continues – minute to minute…

11 06 2011
Greg

Goose bump stuff!

13 06 2011
straywayward

Hold tight – it gets bumpier!

12 06 2011
Haz Hazza

still totally relevant….though i remember early warehouse raves often being run by gangster types who charged entry…spirals were my first memories of free party

13 06 2011
straywayward

Hi Haz. Yeah, and I feel the issues of commodification and control of our lives by ‘business interests’ is getting ever more relevant – urgently so.

16 06 2011
theroguetrooper

The dance floor had been reclaimed by the people as a free social space – a place where people felt centred, balanced – together. Not a new idea, but one that successive overlords have relentlessly outlawed – and attempted to write out of history.

Spot on this

21 11 2011
Oksana Wolf

reclaim the world reclaim the streets reclaim THE DANCEFLOOR

ALL TOGHETHER AS ONE

21 11 2011
reine

AND, never forget the right dope, (try raving with alcohol and coke), if u see what I mean……I…MEAN… WAyOOOOOOuT

6 07 2012
Leto

“the dance floor was no longer the pit for the worshipping minions”

feel this is somewhat changing now…

but i enjoyed the text 🙂

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