From Ibiza to London
Brixton acid and rave
in It’s a London thing
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This chapter discusses the emergence of acid house, a new form of club culture in the city, which reorganises London clubs culture and eventually that of the whole UK. This involves a critical discussion of the ‘Ibiza myth’, the conventional way in which rave is understood, examination of the racial politics of the acid house movement and shifts the focus onto the cultural work of black Londoners who have been excluded from the story of rave. This chapter also discusses the complex racial politics of house music and critically assesses rave claims to have transcended divisions of race, class and gender.

It’s a London thing

How rare groove, acid house and jungle remapped the city


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