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The Balearic Berkshire mythos.
Sorry about the delay in reviewing Dazed and Confuseds 'Balearic Berkshire' documentary, that aired on Channel 4 on the 9th of April.I’ve been away in Manchester enjoying myself and hadn’t the time to put down my thoughts until now.
While it is inevitable that nothing of any consequence will ever be uncovered in a 30 min piece, squarely aimed at a 40 something nostalgia crowd, I found myself only half recognising what I saw. While many of the venues and parties that featured remained familiar, they were delivered in a context almost unrecognisable from lived experience. The documentary itself opened on the bizarre pretense, that life in the home counties during the 80’s/90’s was an affluent and comfortable one. A mythological Berkshire, far removed from the class conflict breaking out in the North of the Country. While ‘picket lines’ and strikes where largely absent from Berkshire at this time, working class life, its moments of solidarity and hardships was not. Who the hell did the director/producers think was working in Windsors businesses and Sloughs Factories? Sloane rangers? Ibiza Hippies?
The use of stock footage depicting football hooliganism and the Miners Strike was used to suggest that exposure to acid house, the widespread use of ecstasy and exposure to middle class types had totally negated working class hostility and social antagonisms.
While most successful youth cultures bring many different walks of life together, little was made of the scenes proletarian character. Instead it focused on the reminiscences of some thoroughly objectionable Hipster types, who we can only suspect left the backwaters of Maidenhead and Windsor long ago to move to East London and grow Edwardian beards.
The show brushed over the participation of local ‘Acid’ football hooligans, with a cursory mention, and a similar throwaway reference was made regards the participation of ‘Gay Lads’. This glossed over the interesting interplay between London’s more confident gay club culture and regional gay men and women.
On a local note, there was no mention of ‘Revolution Records’ or parties that happened in and outside of pubs along Windsor Riverfront. None the less, It was nice to see Skindles nightclub (Passion), Boulters Lock and Colnbrook all get mentions. Follow this link here and judge for yourself.
I’m currently trying to research a piece about the scene myself, hopefully will have something up here soon.