Notes From the Wild Zone

Since BBC4 broadcast the documentary Everybody in the Place by the Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, we have noticed a resurgence of interest in Ian McKay’s book on the psychogeography of the dance culture titled Notes From the Wild Zone. Art North is currently offering our readers a 50% Discount on the original cover price (i.e. £9.50) with a Discount Code included in Issue 3 of the magazine. The normal cover price is £18.99.

In 1999, Ian’s book Locating The Wild Zone first addressed the topics that in Notes From the Wild Zone he revisits and reassesses. While the earlier book has long been unavailable, the latter publication (now on special offer to Art North’s readership), offers an opportunity to access a sustained critique of the issues addressed by Deller in his television documentary, broadening the discourse to investigate what happens when government and Power is used to regulate rights of assembly and the sites of ‘lived pleasures’ devised by youth.

Ian McKay takes us into the derelict warehouses where a new music and culture was forged. These areas have been gentrified in the intervening decades, but we still have Notes From the Wild Zone to remind us just how radically different things were for a generation in search deregulated pleasures.
— Guardian Writer, Broadcaster and DJ, Emma Warren


In Notes From The Wild Zone, Art North’s editor, Ian McKay, looks back on the dance culture of the late-1980s and 1990s, and seeks to reveal the way in which a broad cross section of British youth challenged the established ideas of what the city was for. Here is the story of the way in which the world of 'organised leisure' was disrupted and transformed by electronic music, radical politics, and new drugs of choice all of which fostered and encouraged new ways of navigating the city, exploring its hidden secrets, and pursuing 'lived pleasures' in the late-20th century urban environment. Tracing the development of the early warehouse parties, through to the subsequent splintering of the dance culture into numerous subcultural factions in the early 21st century, this is a story of the dance culture as seen through a Situationist lens. It is also the story of the lost histories of a 19th century urban working class; the decaying streets in which they lived; the complex web of connections between the Victorian city and the city of today; and also the many attempts by government to bring the dance culture within the commodity economy as a means of social control.

A fascinating account of the way electronic music, radical politics, and drugs of choice, transformed the city and the way we now relate to it.

Visitors to the Art North website can buy the book at its usual cover price with free P&P. Readers of Art North magazine should enter the Discount Code found on page 53. Please note that this offer is available while stocks last.


Title: Notes From the Wild Zone: Rethinking a Psychogepgraphy of the Dance Culture
Author: Ian McKay
Paperback: 200 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 9780956837240