Club culture has taken a meteoric leap in the UK over the course of the last 30 years, establishing itself as one of the most prominent elements of popular culture along the way. However, the face of clubbing culture has taken on many forms in its journey to what many of us experience today; rolling through the ages progressively taking a little piece of each decade into the next. To help grasp some of the changes, the BBC has compiled 13 videos to provide a taste of the culture through the ages.
The videos document a not so howling 50’s in the UK where it took a little longer to embrace the explosion of Rock ‘n’ Roll currently taking the USA by storm. The 60’s injected life into the youth and early signs of the crate digging DJs began to emerge from the New York block parties of the Bronx in the 1970s. Clips show the pivotal turn in the 1980s thanks to the arrival of disco before house and techno started to make its way across the Atlantic from Chicago and Detroit, giving life to artists such as Orbital and meccas such as the Hacienda. The final trips down memory lane evoke the politicised 90’s rave era before catching up a more recognisable club culture with the emergence of the superstar DJ.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of BBC