Susan Murray's insightful overview of the alternative comedy scene is both informative and illuminating, shining a bright light on one of the UK s most important cultural movements in the late 20th Century. --Bruce Dessau, British arts critic
Oughton delivers a thorough contemporary investigation into the cult movie-going scene… with the passion and knowledge of a genuine insider… --Marcus Campbell Sinclair, theatre and film producer
Informative and entertaining, this provides a whipsmart and affectionate analysis of a subculture that stands at a critical point. --Jonathan Hatfull, SciFi Now Magazine
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Contents: 1. ART How the Rebels Got Rich by Mark Sheerin, arts journalist and blogger. 2. BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC ARTS Whose Voice Is It Anyway? Ethnicity and Authenticity in Contemporary British Arts by Coco Khan, writer and culture editor. 3. COMEDY The Changing Landscape of Comedy by Susan Murray, comedienne and MC for two of east-London s best comedy clubs. 4. DANCE Anarchy from the Margins and Free Expression by Mark Edward, performance artist and writer. 5. DISABILITY ARTS AND ACTIVISM Subversion within the Secluded - A Personal Journey by Penny Pepper, performance artist and activist. 6. ENVIRONMENTALISM A Way of Life by Paul Quinn, writer and editor. 7. FEMINISM Feminist Activism and its Achievements so Far by Hayley Foster Da Silva, digital broadcaster, F-word contributor and spiritual healer. 8. FILM Beyond the Mainstream: Counterculture Cinema by Ellen Cheshire, film writer and lecturer specialising in film, TV, media and cultural studies. Subversive Cinema: Cult Film and the Rise of Film Fan Communities by Dr K. Charlie Oughton, academic and author. 9. GAMING AND THE INTERNET Online Culture Leaking Offline by Simon Smith, editor and software technical writer. 10. LGBT CULTURE What's Wrong with Being a Freak Anyway? by Jack Bright, freelance writer and editor of various LGBT publications. 11. LITERATURE Blast and Bless: A Selective History of Underground Publishing by Ben Graham, author, music critic and poet. 12. MUSIC Mainstream Countercultures: The Ultimate Mix by Em Ayson, freelance writer and cultural commentator. 13. NEGATIVE SPACE Subculture in Boom-Time London by Tim Burrows, writer, editor and musician. 14. THEATRE A Radical Loosening of the Fabric of Drama: Countercultural Performance from the 1960s to Contemporary Experimental Theatre by Dr Tim Garrett, academic and journal editor. 15. YOUTUBE AND SOCIAL MEDIA New Media: YouTube and Online Broadcasting - A Platform for All by Bella Qvist, freelance journalist, editor and blogger.