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Public house music: Mark Fell on making art in a derelict pub | Musique Non Stop

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Public house music: Mark Fell on making art in a derelict pub

In the dark days of the 1980s, ravers in Sheffield discovered politics, pirate radio and MDMA. Mark Fell explains why he’s channelling Heidegger for his installation on an infamous Sheffield estate

Related: Sheffield's Park Hill: the tangled reality of an extraordinary brutalist dream

Built in 1961 in a Sheffield buoyed by steel, Park Hill housing estate was a utopian vision of “streets in the sky”, where slums were cleared to make modern blocks with walkways wide enough for milk floats. But as mines and factories closed, it became crime-ridden and dilapidated.

There was no hope of a job. The police were beating people up. But everyone came together. It was great!

Related: Steely eyed: Sheffield sets its sights on private art for public spaces

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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas via Electronic music | The Guardian