SEISMIC SHIFTS

➤ All kinds of cultural fall-out . . .

First published in Over21, January 1981

First published in Over21, January 1981

1980 ➤ The Comic Strip throws up Alexei Sayle and the next generation of household names

The satire boom of the Sixties chose as its targets politicians, church, unions. The world moves on, and in 1980 so-called “alternative cabaret” is gunning for rock entrepreneurs, media manipulators and a pre-packaged youth culture inherited at second hand . . .

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1981 ➤ Farewell to vodka and tonic. Enter the Goodall Street Gargle Blaster

First published in TES, Feb 12, 1982

First published in TES, Feb 12, 1982

Wherever young people gather, they seem to compete to concoct the most appalling mix of drinks in one glass – and then give their cocktail a ridiculous name. Once news of these nightowl habits reached the Times Educational Supplement, it decided that the nation’s teachers should be alerted to the pupil perils. Inquiries reveal it’s the girls who are most willing to experiment…

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Hockney in London, Jul 10, 1983: a week later, a further canvas is visible in the studio. Picture © by Shapersofthe80s

Hockney in London, Jul 10, 1983: a week later, a further canvas is visible in the studio. Picture © by Shapersofthe80s

1983 ➤ David Hockney, Britain’s favourite painter, discovers a truer way of seeing

“Have you been to the cubism exhibition at the Tate?” David Hockney enthuses during a trip to London. “I’ve been seven times!” An impromptu tutorial ensues in which the painter tests his new ideas

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1983 ➤ Caught on camera: the day the King and Queen of Outrage realised the end was nigh

End of the world: The last public appearance together by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Oct 17, 1983. As they take the applause for their Paris show, a bitter battle for control of the Worlds End label is raging behind the scenes. Picture © by Shapersofthe80s

End of the world: The last public appearance together by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, Oct 17, 1983. As they take the applause for their Paris show, a bitter battle for control of the Worlds End label is raging behind the scenes. Picture © by Shapersofthe80s

An Evening Standard exclusive breaks the news of a parting of the ways

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