Notes From The Wild Zone


Notes From The Wild Zone


That’s 50% off the above cover price for Art North Magazine Readers when using the Discount Code published in Art North No.3, incl. P&P – while stock lasts.

Title: Notes From the Wild Zone
Author: Ian McKay
Paperback: 200 pages
Language: English
ISBN: 9780956837240

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Since BBC4 broadcast the documentary Everybody in the Place by artist Jeremy Deller, there has been a resurgence of interest in Ian McKay’s Notes From the Wild Zone. The book’s publisher is offering Art North’s readers a 50% Discount on the original cover price of the book.


In Notes From The Wild Zone, which looks back on the dance culture of the late-1980s and 1990s, Ian McKay 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.”

"The society of the spectacle doesn’t get more subversive than this. Hiding in plain sight in warehouses across the land, Ian McKay reports back from the front line on how psychogeography took dance culture for a walk and inadvertently reinvented the kaleidoscope. If the Situationist Ralph Rumney and the Turner Prize-winner Jeremy Deller hooked up for a derive, and a few glasses of wine along the way, it might turn out something like this. Enormously readable, enticingly dark. It’s like a mash-up between your desires and their realisation. I bought two copies and deliberately left one on a tram. It will change your life. And you can buy two copies for the price of one, while stocks last."
– Artist & Critic Peter Hill

“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, DJ and broadcaster Emma Warren.